Donald Trump Positives High in Polls! So what gives?

Donald Trump Positive Rating Higher Than That Of Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty

By Sam Stein

So what gives? Depending on whom you ask you get various explanations. On Sunday morning, Fox News correspondent Juan Williams suggested that each prospective candidate was fearful of the type of political machinery that President Obama would assemble for his reelection campaign. The thesis was met with howls, but former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has said much the same, in explaining why he hasn’t announced yet.

The landscape, at least currently, isn’t favorably disposed toward the Republican field and no one seems eager or poised to emerge from the larger pack. Underscoring the latter point, a Democratic source passed over this screen grab from Sunday’s edition of “State of the Union” on CNN, highlighting a little noticed nugget from the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.
Among major Republican figures polled, real estate magnate and reality TV show king DoTrumpnald Trump had the highest “positive” rating at 26 percent. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney had a 25 percent positive rating. Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty had a 10 percent positive rating. House Speaker John Boehner (not a prospective presidential candidate) had a 20 percent positive rating.

To be sure, the field of those polled wasn’t limited strictly to Republicans (who will decide their own presidential candidate) and many of the respondents were more familiar with Trump’s name than with, certainly, Pawlenty’s. As such, the former has a much higher negative rating (29 percent) than the latter (nine percent). But that only goes to underscore the limited star power of the current GOP field and how great a deficit the eventual GOP nominee will suffer when going up against Obama.


14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jenny
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 08:42:55

    It’s just the culture of celebrity. Trump is a celebrity, as is Palin. If Paris Hilton throws her hat in the ring, she will poll high too.


  2. LisaB
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 08:51:59

    I don’t think he’s got a lot of political baggage yet, so it’s easy to like him and tough to argue with his success as a businessman.


    • WakeUpAmerica
      Mar 07, 2011 @ 13:51:32

      Have you forgotten when he went bankrupt four times, the latest Feb.17, 2009?
      He knows how to work the system and make others pay for his high risk debt.


      • Syrin
        Mar 07, 2011 @ 17:47:57

        Did you see the picture that I posted? That’s how I see ‘The Donald’ He certainly is arrogant and business savvy, he’s also resilient!

    • AFM
      Mar 07, 2011 @ 14:21:12

      The problem with republicans think that government needs to be run like a corporation. You see how corporations are screwing the middle class and working poor in this country. Business already buys the vote, enough of that kind of talk. That isn’t the way government is suppose to work. Trump is a good business man. He is a celebrity just like quitter Palin is but not as mean.


      • Syrin
        Mar 07, 2011 @ 14:54:24

        Wait wait! I know that it’s just too easy to place blame on those faceless corporations! It’s a matter of perception on whether they are screwing the middle class or not! I see and live with the fact that corporations (private industry, bigger small businesses built up by those from the middle class, probably) are held to regulations, have boards and trustees for accountability, provides revenue to put back into the economy, they are TAXED on that revenue, very important: corporations provide JOBS- with benefits besides just the pay check. Corporations frequently offer their employees profit-sharing plans as a part of their overall benefits package. These plans are designed to reward employees when the corporation does well. Corporations also provide tax revenue to government in corporate taxes, but, also individual taxes are incurred from indivduals employed. Please explain the anger towards corporations!! Which is what I think is OUR collective ‘saving grace’… It’s certainly not growing the government to put Americans to work!

        FYI Corporations (private sector) provides about 45% of the workforce in Alaska. That leaves 55% working for the local, state and federal government! (public sector) Is that how some of you want it, everyone working for the government? Is that sustainable in the long term for America?

      • AFM
        Mar 07, 2011 @ 16:20:15

        Oh I don’t see anything wrong with SMALL business. They are not the ones I have a beef with. I hate corporations who are getting hugh tax breaks and are shipping jobs overseas. Some of these businesses ask local governments to give them tax breaks. We had that in our own state and then 3 or 4 yrs later they left our city with a building that no one wants and fired a bunch of people. You can say what you want. Americans workers are hard working people who have given their life to their companies. How were they paid back? Look at the steel mills. Good paying jobs. Now they go to China and buy their losy steel. Give me american products and I will buy them. I buy only cars made in the USA. If the bust the unions they will hurt all workers. Believe me I work in a right to work state and they treat people badly. Yes I hate corporations. Their scambs who hurt the working poor and lower middle class.

        support a union worker and buy american

      • WakeUpAmerica
        Mar 07, 2011 @ 19:02:53

        He’s good if you define “good” as meaning “savvy.” I find it hard to think of someone as good who screws his creditors over and over by filing bankruptcy multiple times.

  3. ml
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 09:38:18

    Donald Trump will not get my vote if he does get the nominee for the Republican Party in 2012. I will have stay at home and not vote.


    • AFM
      Mar 07, 2011 @ 14:32:12

      Plus Trump is to cocky. I don’t know what this thing about america being exceptional. America is a great country but we are not there like we use to be after WWII. This country doesn’t want to move forward. Obama wants to get fast rail across this country. You got republican governors saying no to moving this country forward. The republicans hounded Obama about jobs,, jobs, jobs. The republicans haven’t done anything about getting jobs. So far they are defunding every program that a liberal has ever put into government years ago. They are now working on union busting. How many jobs are we going to lose now republicans? Republicans are hell bent on hurting women. They don’t believe in abortion yet they hound a single woman who decides to keep her baby and god forbid if she asks for wick. What a bunch of losers.

      Republicans now are trying to take away students right to vote because they want to implement ID cards. Republicans can wind fair and square. They have to cheat to win like in 2000. ACORN destroyed and disbanded then we find out latter on they did no wrong. NPR and PBS defund because they fear democratics will show great programming like Big Bird and Masterpiece Theatre. Deny it but it is the truth. Newty fruity said as much. There is no stopping them because they have the corporations on their side. There is no MSM. Just showing the coverage of WI and the marches you see nothing but the teabagger side. Forget CNN they are to busy being fox light. Those are facts, real facts.


  4. WakeUpAmerica
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 13:53:04

    Trump wouldn’t make it far with his bankruptcy history. He would crash and burn as soon as people started bringing his skeletons into the light of day. Personally, I think he is a very narcissistic ass.


  5. WakeUpAmerica
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 19:00:44

    Syrin, perhaps you will find this link enlightening

    I’m with AFM. Many of those jobs with corporations are over-seas where the poor people of third world countries are being taken great advantage of for the sake of the corporate bottom line. While CEO’s make obscene bonuses, workers are asked again and again to sacrifice benefits and pay. The corporate world is making money hand over fist on the backs of the middle and lower classes. If something isn’t done, there will be no middle class. Exactly what have the top 1% who hold most of this country’s wealth been asked to sacrifice? Pay? Benefits? They have so many loopholes for them in their tax bracket that it would be naive to think that any of them pay what they are supposed to. Furthermore, there would be no unions if workers had reasonable working conditions and fair pay. As soon as you get rid of unions, you will see the middle and lower classes suffer greatly while the gulf widens between the upper and middle class. God bless the unions and buy American.


    • Syrin
      Mar 07, 2011 @ 19:32:05

      Good article..
      I appreciate you and AFM for your perspective. And, I’m listening and learning. Thanks for your opinions and the information that you’ve passed on.
      I’d still like to see more private industry. We need to find a way to build private business while providing the incentive to do business in the US but also prevent unethical business practices.. And, I also support unions as a choice for a member of the workforce, they most certainly have a place..
      I do not have the answers, but, it’s nice to debate these important issues.

      Paradox, indeed..

      Arguably, the United States now has a corporate tax code that’s the worst of all worlds. The official rate is higher than in almost any other country, which forces companies to devote enormous time and effort to finding loopholes. Yet the government raises less money in corporate taxes than it once did, because of all the loopholes that have been added in recent decades.


  6. WakeUpAmerica
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 20:37:11

    “The official rate is higher than in almost any other country, which forces companies to devote enormous time and effort to finding loopholes. ”

    I’m not sure this statement is true. I don’t think it forces companies at all. However, it encourages them to do it. Should they pay these high taxes? Absolutely. the companies in this tax bracket are using and destroying more of the infrastructure and national resources than the rest of us peons. They should pay more to support it. Think about it. We have to buy reverse osmosis water purifiers to get the clean water that use to flow freely through our rivers and springs before corporations decided to rape the environment in their chase for the almighty dollar. That’s just one example.

    The Koch brothers are an excellent example of corporate warfare on the middle class. They are currently using their billions to try to buy America one legislator and governor at a time.


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