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Donald Trump virtually tied with Obama in 2012 poll

By Sahil Kapur
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 10:36 EDT
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A shocking new Newsweek/Daily Beast poll finds billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump a mere 2 points behind President Barack Obama in a hypothetical 2012 head-to-head match-up.

Obama had the support of 43 percent of the public, to Trump’s 41 percent — within the poll’s +/-3.5 percent margin of error.

The president led Republican 2012 hopefuls and former governors Sarah Palin by 11 points (51-40), Mitt Romney by 2 points (49-47), and was tied with Mike Huckabee (46-46).

The result could be an outlier as Obama held a 14 point lead over Trump (48-34) in a recent survey by Public Policy Polling. It found that Trump had a national approval rating of only 27 percent; 56 percent disapproved.

Trump, who is no serious analyst’s idea of a viable Republican nominee or presidential contender, has been floated as a dark-horse candidate. The reality television star and media magnate entertained the idea by making a speech this month at the Conservative Political Action Conference, in which one media outlet said he “stole the show.”

But will that motivate him to run? “I’m incredibly tempted,” he said, according to Bloomberg news.

An online petition has sprung up to “Draft Trump” for president in 2012.

It probably won’t help Trump with the Republican base that he was a vociferous critic of President George W. Bush and has described himself as more of a Democrat.

“I probably identify more as a Democrat,” Trump told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in 2004. “It just seems that the economy does better under the Democrats than the Republicans.”

According to the Daily Beast, the poll “was conducted with a representative sample of the national population with 918 likely voters” between Feb. 12 and Feb. 15.

 
 
 
 
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  • Anonymous

    hahahahahaaaaa!!!! President Trump!

  • Mein Furor

    Please, do not start reporting polls for the 2012 elections. Not only is it a complete non-story 21 months before the election, but I do not want to have to listen to it for the next 21 months. That’s like trying to start the Christmas shopping season in April; totally absurd and incredibly annoying. Please don’t do it, RS!

  • Anonymous

    Trump is the least offensive republican right now but I’ll bet the skeletons in his closet are better than anything we have seen yet. I LOVE politics!

  • Anonymous

    Forget Trump! We need Ron Paul! I donated $20.12 on the President’s Day Money Bomb. Anyone else?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dorothy-Banks/100001470098554 Dorothy Banks

    Another media rigged poll to create controversy. This is the media doing what it does best. Nothing about real news.

  • Anonymous

    New Poll Results: Howdy Doody 52%. Obama 38%. 10% uncertain.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YHUR5LALBGRBDQ5VAKAL3JDKNU JustinB

    Trump is a character no doubt! I’m no expert in business however his outlook on China seems productive. While his language was definitely extreme, during his interview with Pierce Morgan, but he did make a few good points. I’m not convinced he would be a good President, I’m not ready to write him off just yet.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YHUR5LALBGRBDQ5VAKAL3JDKNU JustinB

    I would love to see Trump and Obama go at it in a debate…

    Obama: “YES WE CAN!”

    Trump: “YOU’RE FIRED!!”

  • Anonymous

    “You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? Then who the hell else are you talkin’ to? You talkin’ to me? Well I’m the only one here. Who the fuck do you think you’re talking to?”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046573071 Matt Mosley

    Holy crap I can’t imagine who would be worse in the White House.

    Ron Paul/Dennis Kusinich 2012 (yes i know i spelled his name wrong)

  • Anonymous

    You mean tied for a B.S. popularity contest.

  • Anonymous

    Trump has a juvenile understanding of global politics at best. Once he quits complaining about the age of China’s junior Olympians and how the cuter girl lip synced China’s national anthem I hear little else. Neither of those incidents harmed our economy or global standing.

    Additionally while I have the utmost respect for Ron Paul, Trump is in a similar position in that he has to understand he is seeking to attain a position where by he would be One of Three co-equal branches government. Unless your ideas are popular with congress they are not going to go anywhere regardless. You could potentially end up with a president incapable of working with the congress or accomplishing anything. Sad but true, it is corporate America running the show.

  • Anonymous

    And the brainwashing cycle begins. I said in the other news about the Rasmussen poll being biased, that polls are made to control you, not to inform you. Please do not – at any circumstances- elect any of these a$$holes, neither any dems or republicans from the previous elections. We need a fresh clean person with no baggage and no connections to any of these parties, save that very small group “rouges” like Kucinich or Ron Paul. It’s time to take out the dirty laundry!

  • Anonymous

    God help us all

  • Anonymous

    Newsweek /Daily Beast are being played.

  • Guest

    Dude…HELL no. lol

  • Guest

    I would not vote for either one of these clowns. Trump, like most billionaires, is not in touch with reality, and our current Liar-in-Chief, well, don’t need to say much there, he is obviously doing a Horrible Job.

    Ron Paul for President 2012 FTW

  • Anonymous

    No! Only a select few are that dumb!

  • Anonymous

    Since we all know who repubs are such hypocrites, they just might nominate Trump. Repubs will do anything for a win. They sold their hearts and souls decades ago. Too bad so many Americans are propgandized by them.

    Any one whos is not rich and votes for the repubs, is a total fool.

  • Praxman

    Isn’t Trump just a ‘park’ or a ‘block’ for Bloomberg, who would be considered a serious candidate for the Republicans…more so than Giuliani? Centrist Republican…?

    It’s seems that with every pre-presidential cycle there is a New York type testing waters no matter how stupid?

    Forbes, Lindsay, Koch, Dewey, Abzug, Dinkins and of course, most famous of all, Tilden, who ended up with the same dubious distinction in 1878 as Al Gore did in 2000….highest popular vote, but lost due to ‘other’ considerations…Tilden was a victim of the Electoral College and Gore was a victim of SCOTUS

  • Brimstone Hill

    Here it goes…….let the propaganda begin…………the lame stream media picking the candidates instead of the people.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/XIWZRWAXJQKAJ4QEHKMVMCMLAY brian

    Trump will never run for political office. He’d never disclose the financial records you have to.

    Course he might let people send him money and pretend to run. And then bow out because of the financial reports.

  • Anonymous

    Now there’s an idea..put a Republican right-wing underhanded theif like Trump in the White House….he supports Scott Walkers aganda..I’m sure….although not so completely stupid as to actually say so right out loud…I can just picture Donald trump…marching throught the states..roaring out commnads and yelling..you are fired…! and you are fired…! and you are are fired, too…! In fact you are ALL, f*cking FIRED…! (F*ck ALL my ex-wives and their kids!)

  • Anonymous

    I thought this was from the “Onion”……………………………shee-itt………

  • Anonymous

    There is no god…….we are screwed.

  • Anonymous

    Paul is an old man he missed his chance.

  • Anonymous

    LOL republiklanz are toast!

  • Guest

    Perhaps you’re right, we shall see in due time I rekon.

  • jimbo92107

    What’s the matter with Trump’s face? He looks like a poorly painted corpse.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, how funny. Have the republiturds not learned a lesson from the last buffoon they had. Just how many times has this guy filed for bankruptcy?

    Everything bush touched went belie up, … seems to be the same with trump.

  • Anonymous

    No, … I don’t want to wast my money on something that will NEVER happen..

  • Anonymous

    So why do you buy condoms?

  • Anonymous

    Poll: Polls are full of shit, according to the most recent poll.

  • Anonymous

    one loser to replace the next.

  • hourglass1

    oh, run hairhat, run …

  • dula

    If he won he would put his name on the White House

  • Anonymous

    “The result could be an outlier”–how could this be possible polls are never wrong!

  • Guest

    Dead at the Republican starting gate: Pro-choice & Anti-gun.

  • Anonymous

    I want to know when Al Gore’s gonna run.

    That’s when you’ll see me getting hyper active.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EKTMZWPUVVU4CBKH4HWPKPVNCY cal5000

    Trump is a complete douche–that reality show of his stinks.

  • Anonymous

    Trump knows how to make money. He knows how to put himself in the public eye. Unless he has hired help, he also knows how to manage hair, his and/or somebody elses. Aside from that, as far as I can tell, he knows very little. Oh, and I thinks he knows enough not to run for president. Hope I’m wrong.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    Ronald Rump!! Why not? The nation that could elect Bonzo wouldn’t stop at an orangutan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    Now that I know what to expect of them, absolutely! They played Wanker like a fish.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    Actually, Ronald Rump is a pair of flabby buttocks with a red wig draped on top and mean little cartoon features drawn around the crack and anus.

    When he reaches the climax of his Unreality Show, he farts loudly, “You’re farted!!” and blows the hapless contestant away with a mighty flatulence.

    He’s the perfect role model for a Republican. They had to clean him up a bit for prime time, but the G.O.P. will let him be his true self.

  • Mr. Neutron

    “hypothetical head-to-head match-up” doesn’t mean squat – it’s just a name-recognition poll.

    Lieberman did well in early “hypothetical match-up” polls for a 2004 run, and Giuliani did the same for his disastrous 2008 campaign. Most people don’t bother to get serious about who they will actually vote for until a few weeks before a vote.

  • http://reconstitution.us/rcnew Jolly Roger (Plutocrap)

    Riiiiight. Now come back when The Dullard has actually announced, and people start looking a wee bit harder at his many business failures, affairs, and the like.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    I wonder which Ivana would become first lady?

  • Stephen Martin

    “And the like” presumably includes the shady dealings as well. BUT (big BUT), I do like the Donald. He’s realistic about not playing footsie’s with people and even though many don’t like him, I do. Our system encourages the rich to easily run when/if the mood hits them, whilst the rest of us are committed to be working bees with too much time on our hands to really scrutinize, but his smart ass comments make him all the more real to me, and honestly cuts through so much of the doublespeak and bullshit. Enough.

  • http://reconstitution.us/rcnew Jolly Roger (Plutocrap)

    Liking him is one thing. Trusting him with the Federal Government is another. We have already had one business failure in that slot, and it did not turn out well.

  • Anonymous

    Trump is supposedly rich and Americans worship wealth and the wealthy more than Jesus. He is also a television personality. The fact that he is a bankrupt several times over is forgotten.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ESQMZ34URJNXQ4XGKHZMOMIW5E Crow

    I am a democrat I voted that way from 18 until now. I am not voting for president Obama. He signed a free trade agreement. Trump on the other hand has made it clear that free trade should be eliminated.

    That is why this poll is important. If the left or right or independents want to bring jobs back to the US, and win the 2012 elections free trade must go…

    That is reality.

  • Anonymous

    It takes a lot of time to rum a billion dollars worth of ads. See this pole as a solicitation for political advertising.

  • Anonymous

    Given the candidates the republicans are offering, donald Duck could poll ahead of the pack. I think it is insulting to see the grade of candidates offered. For the republicans it is not about doing something for their country. I expect one of their campaign themes will be how much damage they did to Obama. Trump would be colorful I am sure, with new women in the white house every week, outrageous statements every day, but he is a carefully crafted public personna, and we know nothing about the man.

  • Anonymous

    Too funny. I wonder if the Donanld actually believes it. You go ahead and nominate him, pubbies. Then you will see how drastically damaged is your vision for the country, as this tool secures 14% of the vote.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DTLBO2QSFCLH4HG23BQCFWAO7E Kate

    How many times has Trump filed for bankruptcy? This is absolutely pathetic!

  • Schmice

    You took the words right out of my mouth.

  • Schmice

    And how exactly does Trump propose to bring back jobs to the US? For that matter, what is the plan by Republicans to do that?

  • Schmice

    Selective memory.

  • Anonymous

    Do I need any more proof that the American people are incompetent and either shouldn’t be allowed to vote or answer polls?

  • Anonymous

    This is why I think polls are about as useful as wet toilet paper.

  • Anonymous

    RON PAUL 2012, I hope this happens, of course the paid shills will attack and yes they exist and are many.

  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    trade one stealth neocon for another

  • BrainRagYell

    Arf.

  • BrainRagYell

    That “I identify as a Democrat” thing confuses me.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care about how much money that a$$holes has he is a complete jerk and I wouldn’t vote for him as the local precinct committee chairman. My opinion of Trump is he is in the same club as the Koch Brothers.

  • Anonymous

    Name recognition works on the dumb.

  • Anonymous

    It’s like saying, “Oh what the fuck, if that doesn’t work we’ll elect a toaster oven.”

  • Anonymous

    The president has not announced he is running. Trump has not announced he is running. Your popularity poll of old people is insane. STOP IT!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/FPBFO6RC5R2HHIP3VXSFU2RZQA mjj

    The reason Trump almost ties Obama is that most people don’t realize that Trump is a myth. I believe he went bankrupt once and may be on his way again. Trump made a name for himself on TV as the hard hitting no nonsense business tycoon and even if real doesn’t play in politics. Trump rules like a king in his personal life but that doesn’t fly when you have to wheel and deal everyday .

  • Anonymous

    And away we go. This is news people, it shows you how celebrity, advertising, and money influence politics. It matters not a whit Trump doesn’t pay his bills and has flattened out many business’ he has run. He’s got pizazz and the one thing you know from America’s love affair with Palin, They love pizazz.

  • Anonymous

    And being lied to constantly, forgot that part

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/L5PHKRPFHK3LLTRDNVH2ZBIWOA Cal

    What a crock of s**t. So ‘The Donald’ pays for a favourable poll and that makes it all OK. There’s no explanation of how the poll was conducted, how large the sample and error – nothing. A carefully crafted set of poll questions can make anyone look good. Trump wouldn’t have a snowballs chance and he knows it. More infotainment.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PCHLMPBJKYTW3LJBHZEZMO3TXQ What Ever

    Just what we need another rich man in government. It’s already become an insulated millionaires club with little or nothing to do with government by the people and for the people.

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