Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Poll: Most Not Sure Trump Was Born In US

From USA Today:

Poll: What kind of president would Donald Trump make?

By Susan Page, USA TODAY
April 26, 2011
WASHINGTON — Republicans may be ready for a fling with Donald Trump, but a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows they have reservations about installing him in the White House.
The real estate developer and reality TV star, who scores at the top in polls of the GOP field these days, falls to fourth when Republicans are asked to rate who among the contenders would be a “good” or “great” president in office.
Fifty percent of Americans, including 31% of Republicans, say Trump would make a “poor” or “terrible” president.
His possible bid faces broad resistance: 63% of Americans, including 46% of Republicans, say they definitely will not vote for Trump for president.
We’re not huge fans of Donald Trump, but how is possible that he is atop so many polls, if 31% of Republicans say he would make a "terrible" President?

Besides, where were polls like this about Mr. Obama 19 months before the 2008 elections?  In fact, we don’t recall seeing polls like this about any Democrat candidate — ever. But the media’s knives are out for Mr. Trump, and indeed, any potential Republican candidate.
In comparison, 46% of Americans say they definitely will not vote for President Obama — significantly lower but itself a hurdle to winning the 2012 election.
But a detail you won’t hear too much about from the news media.
Though Trump initially got attention by expressing doubts whether Obama was born in the USA, that issue is not driving his support. Among those who say they definitely or might vote for Trump, only about a third question whether the president was born in the USA
Still, in the USA TODAY poll, only 38% of Americans say Obama definitely was born in the USA, and 18% say he probably was. Fifteen percent say he probably was born in another country, and 9% say he definitely was born elsewhere.
Republicans are inclined to say the president was born abroad by 43%-35%.
And don’t think that the media doesn’t love this. It fits right in with so many of their caricatures of Republicans.
For what it’s worth, not everyone is convinced Trump was born in the USA either: 43% say he definitely was born here, and 20% say he probably was; 7% say he definitely or probably was born in another country. Nearly three in 10 say they don’t know enough to say
Just in case you were wondering if this was a serious poll, or even if USA Today is a serious publication. This once again shows how polls are only done to make the news, not to report it. Their questions are manipulated and their respondents oversampled to produce whatever message the media wants to get out on any given day.

In fact, you should bear this ‘poll’ in mind every time you hear about any poll. They are simply another way for the media to promulgate their agenda. They have no other real significance.


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