Donald Trump Tied For First Among Potential GOP Presidential Contenders

Trump Shares Spot With 2008 GOP Candidate Mike Huckabee

By Brian Montopoli, senior political reporter at CBSNews.com.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork.com) — Reality television host and developer Donald Trump has risen to a tie for first among potential GOP presidential contenders, according to a new national poll.

Nineteen percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said in the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey that they are most likely to back Trump for the Republican presidential nomination.

That put him in a tie at the top of the list with former Arkansas governor and 2008 candidate Mike Huckabee, who also received 19 percent support.

Rounding out the top five were former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin with 12 percent support, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 11 percent support and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, also with 11 percent support. They were followed by Rep. Ron Paul of Texas with 7 percent support and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota with 5 percent support.

Trump has risen ten points from a similar poll taken by the same organization last month.

Still, it would be premature to conclude that Trump has become a viable contender for the GOP presidential nomination. Forty-three percent of those surveyed said they didn’t want to see him run; his relatively strong showing in the poll would seem to reflect both the media-savvy Trump’s high level of name-recognition and the fact that the GOP electorate has not yet coalesced around a candidate.

Trump has been making the media rounds talking up a candidacy and pushing discredited theories and false information about President Obama’s birthplace. The “birther” rhetoric has meant a backlash among prominent African-Americans, as Politico’s Ben Smith reports.

“There’s a lot of people that I’ve talked to [who] instinctively think that he’s using the issue as a proxy for race,” Urban League President Marc Morial told Politico. “I don’t know if it has resonance in the Republican Party but I certainly think it has resonance in certain far right elements of the American public.”

Trump said Monday that if he loses the GOP nomination he will “probably” run for the presidency as an independent. Skeptics question, however, whether he is seriously considering a run or is simply engaged in a disingenuous effort to drum up publicity for his reality show, which ends in June.

It’s a charge Trump denies.

“I don’t need to do this for ratings on ‘The Apprentice,'” Trump told the Wall Street Journal. “This is too important, our country is in trouble, our country is not being properly led.” 

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  1. Rebecca says:

    Donal Trump knows Donald Trump better than we do, and he knows not only that he would not be nomiated, he also knows he does not have the skills to perform the job.

  2. A.Due says:

    A.Due
    Donald Trump will be the next president of the U.S.A. in 2012.

    Wait until he starts the debates, he will truimph over everyone.

    He is the only one who can make this country great again….

  3. James Ph. Kotsybar says:

    TRUMP UP (a clerihew)
    — James Ph. Kotsybar

    In the polls, Donald Trump
    took an astonishing jump,
    but the most surprising thing for me
    is I’d vote for him over Huckabee.

  4. Francis Trudeau says:

    I would love to see Donald for President, I think He would be great for the Job. Francis!!

  5. Sweater Puppies Rock says:

    Who doesn’t enjoy boobies, especially in these uncertain times.

  6. fred says:

    GO FOR IT MR TRUMP!!!, HE CANT BE WORSE THAN OBAMA..

  7. casey says:

    Finally, an issue we can all agree on!

  8. H says:

    ARNOLD IS SO MUCH COOLER THAN DONALD!!

  9. adam says:

    Wow so many idiots support trump. It doesn’t surprise me after this country elected bush and obama. We have too many ignorant uninformed people in the usa. Ron Paul 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Peter says:

    I would vote for Donald only if he cut his hair!!!

  11. Lee says:

    Think Jesse Ventura? I am a poor, single, retired school teacher and I KNOW that men and women who obtain a lot of power, influence & money generally get so narcisstic that they become crazy. I also know The Donald is just playing. This link of person gets bored and just plays with us. I had rather see my 75 lb poodle run for President. Same intelligence.

  12. John Q. Pubic says:

    Can’t be worse than any of his predecessors.

  13. Bryon Mayhew says:

    Come on Donald!! turn this around.Your the only one who can.You got my vote.

  14. Randall Atchison says:

    I would vote for him, or any other businessman who ran. Our country needs someone who knows how to make and manage money, not some BSing politician no matter what their color, red or blue! Politicians only care about one thing, getting elected and then re-elected. David Allen Coe had a song out many years ago that could have been a campaign promise; “This will only hurt for a little bit……..”!

  15. Tara says:

    I hope he does run for president but I doubt he has the real courage to be vetted and discovered to be the low life he knows he is and has prooven to be over and over again.

  16. saltydog says:

    he knows how to make money,not to spend it. Spending got our nation in serious trouble. We need businessmen; not sold-out politicos.

  17. mark says:

    Trump would be the best President
    this country ever had.
    He knows how to get things done
    I predict a major upset in 2012
    and this country will have a new
    president.
    Once again America will be respected/
    Right now we are being laughted at
    by the other countries
    We need this to stop
    Trump should change his website site
    from
    Should Trump run
    to
    Ttump must run.

    1. TB says:

      Take your meds, you’re overdue

  18. Tom T says:

    I would vote for him to get our economy back on track, he has the know how and he has the conections, I and many of my friends would vote for him.. TRUMP IN 2012…

  19. DeeMee says:

    I am no fan of obama and I believe we need a real leader with strong character but I would be worried that trump would only use his position to better his own empire and he lacks in diplomacy. RUDY for president now that’s a no nonsense straight shooter

  20. Garth says:

    Trump has a built in arrogance that a lot of Muslim leaders and third world nations would fear. Something that really is what is lacking in the Oval office these days. Also, he has if any have bothered reading,some mighty good statistics, which can be verified easily. Like the fact that we get no oil form Libya what so ever, so why are we even there, when we stand no chance of winning, with the UN blocking almost every move. I would vote for him easily, since i shudder at the thought of another 4 years of Obama and brain dead Harry Reid.

    1. educate urself says:

      You sound like a complete idiot. It’s called Quid Pro Quo. We have to do something in Libya because we owe our European buddies. We dragged them into Iraq and Afghanistan when they had nothing to gain and didn’t want to go. So now we must return the favor even though we have nothing to gain and don’t want to go. One hand wash the other. But at least Obama is smart enough to give them the same amount of help that they gave us which was very little. Remember the COALITION of the WILLING? We did 95% of the work last time, so this time let them do 95% of the work. They NEED that light sweet crude from Libya. Let them pay for it. A right winger would have troops on the ground dying and billions of U.S. tax dollars going down the drain. The only people that would benefit would be weapons makers and oil companies. Have you been in a cave the last 10 years? Get your head out of your a**. Get over the fact that the president is black. The people that are robbing the United States blind are WHITE.

  21. joe says:

    i would pay anything if i could see that ugly wig off trump’s head, the guy is a phoney, look at the make up he always wears, he is the biggest joke in politics , more than sarah..

    1. It's okay if you are gay, joe says:

      joe,

      sounds like you’ve got a ‘thing’ for the Donald.

  22. Howie Sprague says:

    The GOP will only support millionaires or billionaires to run for elected office. The GOP has sent their message loud & clear, “We have no regard for the middle class: police officers, firefighters, teachers, store clerks, DOT employees, the elderly or the disabled. If you are not a rich member of corporate ‘royalty’, you are of no concern to us.”

  23. concerned citizen says:

    Do not go down in the sewer because Obama is in the gutter. Trump will do the American people Greek style, with no vaseline
    Worse than one who bows to Arabs, Trump will bow to his increased wealth.

    Wake up and END THE FED

    RON PAUL FOR PRESIDENT 2012

    1. ROSIE Beats TRUMP says:

      Id vote for Rosie O Donnel, at least she spoke the truth. Rosie before before the Hairdoo King!!

      1. joe says:

        good one

  24. nathan says:

    True story: Some people I know were golfing with Trump when he was dating Marla Maples. She putted in and leaned over to retrieve her ball. Trump announced to his foursome (including Marla of course): “Would you look at the azz on this one?”

  25. jen says:

    Trump would be great for our economy- he’s gone bankrupt twice. He’ll show us all how to do it!

  26. Monika says:

    yeah ..thats all we need someone who will cut taxes even more for corporations and the wealthy !!! GOOD JOB AMERICA… as always, uninformed and IGNORANT🙂

  27. Linda says:

    What alterier motives would he have? He’s filthy rich and known by the world. He is an awesome business man so why wouldn’t he be able to run our country?? It can’t get much worse, well other than the time Obama has left in office!!!

  28. Bessygo says:

    HE CAN’T DO ANY WORSE THEN THE LAST 4 GUYS WHO HELD THE JOB.THREE WARS,NAFTA( BY THE WAY BILL HOW IS THAT WORKING OUT FOR YA) ,10% UNEMPLOYMENT, A REAL ESTATE EXPLOSION, BANK BAIL OUTS WITH TAXPAYERS MONEY AND CEO’S MAKING RECORD BREAKING BONUS’S. HEY CAN HE DO ANY WORSE AT LEAST HE WENT TO WHARTON SCHOOL OF BUSINESS. ALSO A SELF MADE BILLIONIARE.GIVE HIM A SHOT AT LEAST HE HAS A SUCCESSFUL SHOW NOW HE WANTS TO FIRE WASHINGTON DC . GO FOR IT DONALD

    1. EDUCATE URSELF says:

      DONALD SLUMP IS NOT SELF MADE. I’m from New York and know for a fact that his Daddy gave him his start in real estate. His dad was successful and self made and owned many buildings in the city. Donald came along and started playing Monopoly with his daddy’s fortune. He loses money all the time. He is a BLOWHARD. His biggest source of income is his reality show.

  29. beverly stewart says:

    GOD help us….What IS THIS country coming to…….Donald Trump !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Arrogant ass.

  30. jeff says:

    not close there are so many issues fsacing this country the birther issue is a non-issue. Focus on the economy and jobs.

  31. victor says:

    He is the best and i will vote for him.

  32. rsdofny says:

    You are hired!

  33. Emily says:

    I hope he does.. we need a president with a backbone who would not be afraid to do what is necessary to get this country back on track and regain the respect we used to have from other countries.

    1. MIke says:

      Respect from other countries? When exactly are you taking about… WWII?

      Hahahaha… like a previous poster said, ignorant and uninformed.

  34. Maury says:

    I thought he was tied for first as an arrogant sob.

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