The short happy (political) life of Donald Trump

Remember when I told you not to worry about Donald Trump? From Public Policy Polling, a new survey of GOP voters with a simple title: “Trump collapses.”

Donald Trump has had one of the quickest rises and falls in the history of Presidential politics. Last month we found him leading the Republican field with 26 percent. In the space of just four weeks he’s dropped all the way down to 8 percent, putting him in a tie for fifth place with Ron Paul.

Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney are at the top of the GOP race with 19 percent and 18 percent respectively. Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin are further back at 13 percent and 12 percent, followed by Trump and Paul at 8 percent, Michele Bachmann at 7 percent, and Tim Pawlenty at 5 percent.

As Trump got more and more exposure over the last month Republicans didn’t just decide they weren’t interested in having him as their nominee — they also decided they flat don’t like him. Only 34 percent of GOP voters now have a favorable opinion of Trump to 53 percent who view him in a negative light.

Trump really made hay out of the ‘birther’ issue and as the resonance of that has declined, so has his standing. In February we found that 51 percent of Republican primary voters thought Barack Obama was not born in the United States. Now with the release of his birth certificate only 34 percent of GOP partisans fall into that camp, and Trump’s only in fifth place with that now smaller group of the electorate at 9 percent.

The rest of the numbers for the rest of the candidates are still pretty unimportant at this stage of the race, nearly eight months out from the Iowa caucuses. But Trump did serve a useful purpose: He made it so fashionable to question the circumstances of President Obama’s birth that the president finally put the nonsense to rest (or, at least, he made it clear that nothing will convince the ones for whom it’s still an issue).

So, Donald: You’re …

Nah, I can’t say it.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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carlosgvv

May 10th, 2011
2:32 pm

Kyle, I hope you are right. However, the dumbed down American public has a very short attention span and Trump could easily resurface in the future. Also, you don’t get to be as rich as he is by being stupid. He is a shrewd calculating man and if the really wants to be president, he will be a contender. He is very used to getting his way and, always remember, money talks and BS walks.

Moderate Line

May 10th, 2011
2:38 pm

Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney are at the top of the GOP race with 19 percent and 18 percent respectively
+++++
These two can beat Obama. I am not sure the rest can.

reebok

May 10th, 2011
2:42 pm

Pretty amazing that even now, 34% of Republicans STILL believe that President Obama was not born in the US. That’s actually kind of frightening.

Junior Samples

May 10th, 2011
2:42 pm

only 34 percent of GOP partisans fall into that camp?
Still?
Seriously?
Conspire much?

So do those 34% believe Bin Laden is still alive?

Actually, I enjoyed it when he then asked to see the Presidents college transcripts. Proving once once and for all that he, is, an elitist.

January 20, 2013

May 10th, 2011
2:43 pm

Donald Trump may be a blowhard, but at least he would be couth than to have Osama bin Laden killed “Chicago-style” via a drive-by shooting than the current President secretly did, much to the embarrassment of the Pentagon.

Junior Samples

May 10th, 2011
2:46 pm

“Oh sure, Heeee went to Haaavard”

Kyle Wingfield

May 10th, 2011
2:47 pm

reebok, Junior: I’d be willing to bet you can just about get 34 percent of any group to believe something bad about the other side.

Washington Inside Her

May 10th, 2011
2:47 pm

OBAMA GOT OSAMA!

George W. Bush had no idea what he was doing when it came to catching the terrorist leader.

Ultimately, it took a Muslim Non-American to catch a Muslim Non-American.

DW

May 10th, 2011
2:48 pm

Even I have a hard time believing 34% of republican voters are THAT stupid. Seriously guys?? What the hell else does the man need to do to prove it?

Kyle Wingfield

May 10th, 2011
2:55 pm

Let me rephrase that: You can get them to *say* they believe it.

34%

May 10th, 2011
2:56 pm

That 34% represent the racist faction. How else can you explain it?

34%

May 10th, 2011
2:56 pm

Enter your comments here

DW

May 10th, 2011
2:58 pm

Kyles probably right… unless you SAY you believe obama was born elsewhere, youre not a TRUE republican. Idiots..

gm

May 10th, 2011
3:06 pm

What about all the idiots that backed Sara the Air head who stood with Trump? while he was disrespecting the office of the President? and these are the same retards that backed her when she called on the President to release the Photos of bin ladin, when 67% of real Amerians agreed with the President.
This just shows you we have a bunch of racist idiots in our country, thank God Sara the air head was not elected, could you imagine?

Junior Samples

May 10th, 2011
3:06 pm

Can you get 34% of any group to believe 911 was an inside job?
Yup, sounds crazy doesn’t it.

Guess it depends upon the sample size. However, the GOP partisans is rather large wouldn’t you say?

Peadawg

May 10th, 2011
3:07 pm

“Ultimately, it took a Muslim Non-American to catch a Muslim Non-American.”

Takes one to know one I guess… ;)

Pinche Huevos

May 10th, 2011
3:12 pm

LOSERS>>>>>>>>GOP 2012….

jconservative

May 10th, 2011
3:14 pm

Kyle your 2:55 is dead on right. Saying and believing are two different things.

Also “hope” and “wishes” enter into the picture. A size able portion of Republicans “hope” Obama was not born in the US and really “wish” it were true.

We all know that the Republican nominee for President should be an easy winner against Obama.
Unemployment is high outta sight and will remain so and the price of gas will remain high. All the Republicans need to do is nominate a “non-idiot”.

Can they do this simple little chore?

smdh

May 10th, 2011
3:16 pm

actually carlosgvv, trump is not a self made wealthy man. he was born into it so yes he can be stupid and rich cuz he didnt have to work to get that money. see paris hilton. he cant even have a casino in vegas because of his bankruptcy issues.

kevin

May 10th, 2011
3:20 pm

@Moderate Line

May 10th, 2011
2:38 pm
Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney are at the top of the GOP race with 19 percent and 18 percent respectively
+++++
These two can beat Obama. I am not sure the rest can.

If the GOPs best foot forward includes two bozos who do not believe in evolution, I truly hope you are wrong.

Will

May 10th, 2011
3:21 pm

Trump is just an idiot. Hell, there are Republicans, who like Obama more than they like The Donald.

Greg

May 10th, 2011
3:21 pm

Trump/Palin in 2012. Even if they lose, they’ll both have a career in reality TV!

Jai

May 10th, 2011
3:29 pm

To The Donald: YOU’RE FIRED!

Ivan

May 10th, 2011
3:31 pm

Yes, gm, it’s so obvious those that would like to see the Bin Laden photos are racist. 8-|

TnGelding

May 10th, 2011
3:33 pm

The Donald shoud have shown a better sense of humor at the dinner.

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

May 10th, 2011
3:34 pm

Huckabee is hung up on the abortion issue and Romney has such a fiery temper he’ll not be able to hold it together if he’s pressed hard enough.

Vegas is doing an over and under on The Donald dropping the “F bomb” and Palin saying “you betcha.” They’ll probably come out with one on Michelle’s history mistakes.

Sarah, Michelle, Newt, Mitt, Mike, The Donald and Ron. There has to be a dark horse some where.

kevin

May 10th, 2011
3:36 pm

@ Ivan,

I agree that it’s not necessarily racist, but like demanding the long form birth certificate despite no evidence aside from neo-con conjecture that Obama was not born here, your demanding pictures of Bin Laden deaht as proof that he is, is idiotic.

Ol' Timer

May 10th, 2011
3:39 pm

The Donald knows he would embarrass himself if he was pressed on specifics about anything other than The Apprentice, golf courses and condo-projects. Geo-political issues are not on his radar and he knows it.

Look for The Apprentice to sign for another year and for The Donald to find a reason to spare the country from his foul language and countenance.

Jai

May 10th, 2011
3:39 pm

@Greg: your comment at 3:21 pm is right on. Two “reality show bozos” pretending they want to be elected President!! Ugh!

Aquagirl

May 10th, 2011
3:45 pm

Now, if only these Republicans would question their intelligence level for climbing on the clown bandwagon in the first place. But nope, they’ll forge right ahead and be just as sure of themselves when they climb on the next one.

The problem with stupid, gullible people is that they’re totally unaware of their stupid gullibility. Lord forbid they put their egos aside for a moment and learn from their last mistake. They can’t even do this in the privacy of their own thoughts. It must be awful living with such low self esteem you can’t behave like a grownup, ever. Not that I spare such dummies any sympathy—they are incredibly dangerous people when they stumble into the voting booth.

From Where I Sit

May 10th, 2011
3:46 pm

What I find so freakin funny is Barry trying to take credit for the Bush Policies. If it were not for them being in place and their hard work, that Moron of a President, would still be tryin to take his victory lap in NYC!

He is gone in 2012!

Enough Said!

Hillbilly Deluxe

May 10th, 2011
3:50 pm

Whether it’s politics, show business, professional sports, or many other things, one thing usually holds true, the fall is in proportion to the climb. The faster you go up, the faster you fall.

What Goes Around Comes Around

May 10th, 2011
3:54 pm

If you can’t say it I will.

DONALD TRUMP YOU’RE FIRED. You have dropped all the way down (to hell I hope).

WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND

What Goes Around Comes Around

May 10th, 2011
3:59 pm

@From Where I Sit May 10th, 2011 3:46 pm

The hole you dig for President Obama will be the hole you end up in. YOU’RE FIRED.

Let’s see if he’ll be back. You haters have had to EAT your words. Aren’t you tired?

I Know You Are But What Am I

May 10th, 2011
4:02 pm

34%

That’s the number you need to chew up and try to swallow, Kyle.

The choir you preach to from your pulpit at the AJC has a saturation point of 34%

Why, I bet you could simply call Obama a socialist and they’d agree, wouldn’t they Kyle? You could basically tell them anything you want and they’d consume it, wouldn’t they Kyle? Wouldn’t they Sean? Wouldn’t they Rush?

It’s sad that a party that holds itself out as a responsible alternative to liberalism can be as maniacal and out-of-touch as this.

10% whackos, maybe. 15%, possibly. But 34%?

You ought to be ashamed.

What Goes Around Comes Around

May 10th, 2011
4:03 pm

@Aquagirl May 10th, 2011 3:45 pm

SAY IT LOUD – Obama Haters get off “the clown bandwagon”. Enough is enough.

Liberal&LovingIt

May 10th, 2011
4:10 pm

@ From Where I Sit

The President gave Dubya his just due. But you can’t have it both ways. If Dubya gets some of the credit for foreign policy, he also gets some of the blames for our economic woes!!!

hsn

May 10th, 2011
4:13 pm

Kyle -

Why are GOP leaders literally begging Chris Christie to run, when he has repeatedly said he WON’T run? Do they not have faith in any of their so-called candidates? Huh?

Liberal&LovingIt

May 10th, 2011
4:14 pm

@ DW

I saw you holding it down on a previous blog. You seemed to be the only non-Repub responding. I was impressed. Keep giving ‘em hell!

kevin

May 10th, 2011
4:16 pm

Liberal & Loving it,

Nice post. Seems pretty obvious, despite many conservatives wanting to have their cake and eat it too.

DW

May 10th, 2011
4:16 pm

LOL! Thanks for the props Liberal&LovingIt. Somebodys gotta keep the bozos in check!

Mr. Dithers

May 10th, 2011
4:18 pm

I thought Dubya had given up on catching Bin Laden well before he left office. He even said he didn’t spend a lot of time worrying about Osama. But I guess he should get credit for saying we would catch him after 9/11. Is that the Bush policy you are talking about?

Honky Talkin'

May 10th, 2011
4:19 pm

The extreme ignorance of the GOP base is amazing.

Donald Trump

May 10th, 2011
4:20 pm

My comb-over starts in the crack of my A$$.

Hank

May 10th, 2011
4:21 pm

The Donald’s profanity laced recent speech probably convinced Republicans that the Donald is more like Charley Sheen then Ronald Reagon.

the red herring

May 10th, 2011
4:26 pm

trump accomplished what should have been a requirement to seek office– prove you’re qualified and meet all qualifications. hard to get a job most places without doing that very thing —but then maybe that’s why unemployment is where it is today. several of the possible candidates can and will beat obama in 2012— daniels, cain, christie (if he’ll run), huckabee, romney. i hope to see a ticket with chris christie on it —if not then either cain or daniels would be nice…. anything beats what we’ve already got— we had better hope for a change—if not the country is done for. King Obama and his jester of the court Holder need to go and fast. Less Government, Less Taxes, More Prosperity….

gm

May 10th, 2011
4:28 pm

While the idiiots and the racist Americans were looking for a B/C from the President of the United States, he was planning the death of the man that killed 3,000 Americans, now the last President came out in pubic and said he was not looking for bin ladin, the idiots like Dick stupid Cheney wants credit.
You have to love these sickos on the right, Newt leading the charge on Clinton, but sleeping around, thank God Mr. President Obama you have family values and has not walked away from the bigots of idiots who have shamed this country.

rogeriter

May 10th, 2011
4:28 pm

Any republican poll that doesn’t include Herrman Cain after last weeks debate is irrevelant anyhow. But those of you who call Donald Trump stupid should be willing to post what you have accomplished with your life. I’ll bet there are no takers.

Mr. Holmes

May 10th, 2011
4:34 pm

I’d be willing to bet you can just about get 34 percent of any group to believe something bad about the other side.

Especially if that group is predisposed to “believe” anything & everything that fits their worldview, no matter how outlandish. It’s a pretty cut & dried process now, for the Right:

1. Form conclusion (i.e., “Lower taxes raise revenue,” “Obama is an illegitimate president,” “The earth is not warming, the earth is not warming, the earth is not warming”)

2. Pay someone to create “facts” that support said conclusion.

3. Tar & feature bearers actual facts that contradict said conclusion. (i.e., “What do scientists know about climate anyway?”, “I heard from Rush who read on an online prescription site which is owned by Joe Farah that an out-of-work private detective in Honolulu tapped a phone for a divorcing client who knew a guy whose ex-girlfriend works for a minute-care clinic in Waikiki … that the birth certificate is a forgery. So I want more evidence, Mr. President-if-that-is-your-real-name”)

4. Freep an online poll.

5. Rinse, repeat.

E

May 10th, 2011
4:34 pm

@ rogeriter
Trump has accomplished nothing. He was born into money and has hid from his creditors via bankruptcy more than once. He tried to use the police power of govt to kick an old lady out of her house to expand his valet parking area in A.C. I was not born into money and own a PROFITABLE business, always pay my creditors and don’t try to get the govt to do my dirty work Trump is scum and the sooner he goes, the better for the Republicans.