Trump, Palin strike out with voters

Real estate magnate and television personality Donald Trump speaks to a group of Republican organizations at the Treasure Island hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus

Donald Trump and Sarah Palin may be media darlings but a new poll shows 60 percent of American voters would just say no to a GOP Presidential ticket that featured either as a 2012 candidate for President.

The Quinnipiac University poll of 1,408 voters found that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney as the clear favorite among GOP hopefuls with former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee coming in second.

Each would get about 50 percent of the vote if the election were held today, the poll shows.

The poll injects a rare note of political reality into a crowded GOP field that has lately been dominated more by celebrity glitz than substance. Trump, who seems to be leaning towards a Presidential run, now appears to be fading in the public’s eye while Palin has long ago dropped out of contention when it comes to public approval.

Trump says he will announce his intention after his TV reality show, “Celebrity Apprentice” ends its season later this month.

Palin is trying to be coy about her intentions but the numbers are not in her favor.

“Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee are in the best shape. Sarah Palin and Donald Trump suffer from the reality that, as our mothers told us, ‘You never get a second chance to make a first impression,’” Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute told Reuters.

The poll included 613 Republican and independent Republican-leaning voters and showed Romney as favorite to win the Republican presidential nomination with 18 percent, followed by Huckabee and Palin with 15 percent and Trump with 12 percent.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich came in far behind with 5 percent, while former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann trailed even lower with 4 percent.

Twice failed Presidential candidate Ron Paul? Not even a blip on the screen. Same for his son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

The poll was conducted between April 16 and May 1, and comes on the eve of a South Carolina debate among a handful of potential Republican candidates, none high-profile.

The margin of error was 2.6 points.

6 Responses to "Trump, Palin strike out with voters"

  1. Sandune  May 5, 2011 at 9:51 am

    I hope your numbers are right chief…In my new complex here in the area of Palm Springs, I found myself back in Arizona with an emotional hatred for our President Obama. This is based on the assumption that Trump, Palin and Limbaugh are all correct and Obama is a Muslim dedicated to the destruction of American values.

    There is nothing positive or good about this Administration. What the hell is wrong with the American people who could buy into the automatic hatred of a “darker than normal” man in the White House?

    I am picking up quotes from the Koran claiming that the world is indeed coming to an end under the warnings from the Bible’s Revelations. Obama is the antichrist and must be recognised as such and thrown out of office. These fools actually believe that Trump is the only one who could do it.

    This move cost me a fortune and I may never regain the strength in my body to ever completely heal. I became a hermit in Arizona and it seems I have not left the bigotry, racism and general hatred for liberals here in California.

    I want to get back into politics and work FOR my candidates without insulting the competition. I do better without the negativity found in many American neighborhoods where the war against Obama is driving the people insane.

    I do not believe in the occult and this entire part of my new home is based on some information of our extinction as a species. Is it the Christian leaders who use this terrorism or is it just a fat ignorant Rush Limbaugh? Something has taken over so many Americans that I feel ashamed to even live here.

    So I ordered a new book written by Rex Ryan (coach of the N.Y. football team) to get back into my hobby of football watching. Sure it is violent but it is an honest violence. It is a trained team work effort that many Americans could learn from.

    Trump and Palin will be exposed for their shallowness but it will be interesting to see where Rush Limbaugh goes next. It would not hurt any American to get their own agenda set in cement. Once the agenda is set, then go locate a candidate who will focus on it. If America decides to stay with a white Christian straight leader, then make it a decent choice. It could be the demise of the Republican Party and I will not lose a minute’s sleep. CHB seems to want a level of socialism to equalize the wealth in America. Okay make it happen but don’t call it a moral action.

  2. Danny Adams  May 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Great interview with Trump in the latest Bloomberg Businessweek, with the Donald preferring not to answer questions about policy. Featured quote: “Isn’t this more about business, like, what a great job I’ve done in business? ‘Cause I’ve made a lot of money!”

    Aside from his multiple bankruptcies, of course.

  3. Brandt  May 5, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    If Palin were to be elected, would our country turn into the Wild West? Would there be mass exodus to Canada? I created a visual commentary about her absurdity and rhetoric on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/01/sarah-palin-made-me-do-it.html Drop by and let me know what YOU think!

  4. woody188  May 5, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Huntsman will come out the winner should he decide to run. He is Mitt, a Mormon moderate without the Massachusetts mandatory healthcare law hanging over his head. He’s known to work with the opposition and even worked most recently for Obama as ambassador to China. We’re going to need someone to pucker up to China if the dollar is going to survive much longer. Plus, he has the NWO pedigree and has worked in all the past globalist Presidencies so the corpo-media also will love him.

    There’s just that slight problem from Jon’s early years where he dropped out of high school to play in a rock band. He’s a keyboard playing Republican Bill Clinton.

    At least you mentioned Ron Paul. Most media outlets are already in full Paul blackout mode where they won’t even mention his name. Let him lose it on his own. The media shouldn’t chose our candidates. But that’s our sad reality.

  5. Sandune  May 5, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Woody, am I wrong in trying to find out what went sour within the GOP? I have worked within the center of the GOP since the end of WW2 and I agree with most of the agenda but not all. In my world the party when to hell the minute the churches claimed America. In talking to my kids over the last 6 months, they don’t even know of anyone who claims to be a Christian out loud. Is it a secret society? Most of the residents in my area are Jewish. Are they now part of this hate Obama culture?

    I have swallowed my words for many years when it comes to federal campaigns. I held my nose and wrote in candidates for many years but that is not working for me. I have looked at Huntsman as a possible choice but he must stand for equality for all Americans. He’s a Mormon but I could overlook this very strange concept of Jesus Christ. To me J.C. was a brilliant man with the ability to gather others who were looking for a model leader. But I also see what organized religion did to him. What’s worse, what they did to their own membership. Scaring me or my kids with the boogeyman is pointless as we have no interest in the occult. I am susceptible to leaders who respect and love the American people. Anyone who threatens me with hell and damnation had better be ready to be kicked in the ass.

    We used to spend a lot of time in Mexico when I was growing up and I could not tolerate having to watch a bull fight. I feel the GOP is having their own bull fight with the killer swords being directed by Rush Limbaugh. Even worse, one of my best friends (who is a member here) is claiming that Obama is a living lie and is feeding this crap into Trump and many others. He is a religious Jew and yet spreading lies about anyone seems to be justified.

    Thanks Woody, I will keep an eye (or two) on Huntsman…..,Being a Mormon usually means no rights for women or gays. How they react to Islam could be a potential war. We are talking about a boogeyman with another name and it seems ridiculous to hate this much.

    You might have the right idea of simply locating a leader who can work with others and giving away much of our American leadership. It could work for a couple of years but we must share the respect for the Constitution.

  6. Siannan  May 6, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    The GOP will never put a Catholic or a Mormon (Huntsman or otherwise) up for President because they know their religious right base will never vote for one. Spend some time in the deep South and listen to the fundamentalists talk and you’ll find out that most of them believe Catholics and Mormons are cults and they will never vote for them.

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