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WSJ/NBC Poll: A Donald Trump Surprise.
The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 6, 2011 | Jonathan Weisman and Scott Greenberg

Posted on 04/07/2011 4:05:02 AM PDT by Scanian

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appears to be the early front-runner in the largely unformed race for the Republican nomination for president, but real estate magnate Donald Trump may be a surprise contender, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

Among Republican primary voters, Mr. Romney captured the support of 21% in a broad, nine-candidate field. Mr. Trump was tied for second with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, with 17%. House Speaker Newt Gingrich got 11%, just ahead of former Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s 10%. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, considered a strong contender by political handicappers, remains largely unknown, with just 6% support. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota had 5%, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum 3%, and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour with just 1%.

Mr. Trump “may be a punch line but when he talks about the way to solve our problems, he makes a lot of sense to the average guy out there,” said Todd Mauney, a conservative Republican in Weatherford, Texas. “I don’t know if people can get over him being the butt of every joke but for me, he can be serious when it’s time to make real decisions.“

In a narrower field of five candidates, excluding Mr. Trump but including Messrs. Gingrich, Pawlenty and Barbour and Ms. Bachmann, Mr. Romney comes out with a comfortable 20-point lead, 40% to Mr. Gingrich’s second-place 20%. Mr. Pawlenty had 12% and Ms. Bachmann 11%. Mr. Barbour, a former Republican National Committee chief and chairman of the Republican Governors Association, has a powerful fund-raising network and a vast Rolodex of contacts, but he has yet to catch on with primary voers. He garnered 3% of the support of those polled.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: birthertrump; huckabee; milt4obama; milt4obamacare; miltromney; palin; romney; romney4obama; romneycare; romneycare4you; romneymarriage; romneytaxes; trump; trump2012
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1 posted on 04/07/2011 4:05:08 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Gov. Mitt Romney vs Donald Trump?

Donald Trump would get my vote.


2 posted on 04/07/2011 4:06:33 AM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: Scanian

What Obama hopes for.

The GOP field is so weak and the supporters are so desperate that any body will do.


3 posted on 04/07/2011 4:06:50 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD

This is another case of the media trying to stick the Pubs with an unwinnable candidate. Trump is chummy with Kerry and the libs and would be only too happy to play a part in assuring that “the One” slips into a second term. The media is trying to “John McCain” us again.


4 posted on 04/07/2011 4:09:27 AM PDT by onevoter
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To: Scanian

5 posted on 04/07/2011 4:11:47 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark

Perot was right.

That “giant sucking sound” is the reason we’re in such an economic mess: America cannot continue to be great without jobs, and without an industrial base.


6 posted on 04/07/2011 4:13:05 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Palin / Trump 2012 - America First)
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To: Scanian

He’s the only candidate willing to look at the Obama nativity story.

Go Donald!!


7 posted on 04/07/2011 4:14:06 AM PDT by tips up
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To: Scanian

Weisman and Greenberg. Two liberal Obama-loving Jews touting a Mormon! Media stooges for the RINO GOP and the commies. Nice touch! America will NEVER elect a Mormon, period, let alone RINO Romney!


8 posted on 04/07/2011 4:15:17 AM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: iowamark

Ross Perot! PLEASE don’t remind us!


9 posted on 04/07/2011 4:15:23 AM PDT by Cricket24 (Proud to be a CONSERVATIVE WOMAN!!!!!!!)
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To: Doc Savage

How convenient for Beck that he will be gone from FNC before he would be forced to choose between Romney and Huntsman.


10 posted on 04/07/2011 4:18:09 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: iowamark

Perot would have been better than clinton or papa nwo bush.


11 posted on 04/07/2011 4:19:39 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: onevoter

Given the unlimited media support Obama has, it is difficult to see how he is not reelected. Afraid we must get used to this guy. Very powerful people in this country see him as the only way to take the black power types out of the political equation while they remake the country around European socialist institutions.

We will get another look in 2016.


12 posted on 04/07/2011 4:19:56 AM PDT by kjo
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To: tsowellfan

I would never vote for Mormon Mitt.  Way too much brain-washing
damage there to ever be in any political office.

If Donald can keep poking his stick in 0bama's BC eye more
power to him.



13 posted on 04/07/2011 4:20:04 AM PDT by fulltlt
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To: tips up

Since there is no standout candidate, I’d like to see a whole wide range of participants during the debate season. Trump. Ron Paul. All comers welcome.

Then, competent moderators who will ask tough questions to permit the cream to rise to the top.


14 posted on 04/07/2011 4:21:00 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Michelle Bachman


15 posted on 04/07/2011 4:22:55 AM PDT by quegley (Pitchforks and torches! Tar and feathers! Time to take the country back!)
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To: quegley

One “l” for Michele Bachmann. (the mutt in the WH uses two)

The Congresswoman would be welcome in the debate field.


16 posted on 04/07/2011 4:26:12 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: onevoter

You are soooooo right. I was thinking the same thing.


17 posted on 04/07/2011 4:26:45 AM PDT by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war)
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To: kjo

Well gosh.

Keep up the good fight. Not.

Sheesh.


18 posted on 04/07/2011 4:28:57 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Palin / Trump 2012 - America First)
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To: Scanian

Milt Romney (Democrat poser as RINO):

"I also think it's important for us to nod to the president when he's right," Romney said....
Romney, who spoke at a dinner for the National Republican Senatorial Committee,
said he's pleased with the president's plans to "finish the job" in Iraq and Afghanistan
-- lines that drew applause from the partisan audience. He also applauded the president
for standing up to the auto industry.
"I hope he continues to be tough ....The former businessman even offered faint praise for
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, saying that after a series of initial missteps,
"I think he's finally getting close to the right answer."




19 posted on 04/07/2011 4:30:13 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people''s money." M Thatcher)
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To: Scanian
Donald Trump

born June 14, 1946 in Queens, New York, NY (Meets the Jus Soli Requirement)

Parents were
Frederick Christ Trump, born October 11, 1905 in Queens, NY, died June 1999 in Queens, NY
Mary Ann MacLeod, born May 10, 1912 in SCOTLAND, died August 7, 2000 in Queens, NY. Arrived in US October 5, 1935. Married January 1936. Naturalized as a US Citizen March 10, 1942.

Both parents were US Citizens at the time of his birth (Meets the Jus Sanguinis Requirement)

Donald Trump is a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN unlike Comrade Barry Soetoro aka Barack Hussein Obama.

20 posted on 04/07/2011 4:30:15 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: 1010RD

Trump would definitely be an act of desperation.


21 posted on 04/07/2011 4:34:20 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

No doubt he was right just look at this mess.


22 posted on 04/07/2011 4:35:14 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (Obama Sucks)
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To: ASA Vet

http://www.ontheissues.org/celeb/Donald_Trump_Health_Care.htm


23 posted on 04/07/2011 4:35:28 AM PDT by BillGunn (Bill Gunn for Congress district one rep. Massachusetts)
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To: 1010RD
The GOP field is so weak and the supporters are so desperate that any body will do.

That's basically true. Trump's popularity shows how desparate gop voters are. It's pathetic and sad, really.

That said, Gov. Mitch Daniels is an excellent candidate if he runs. His record in Indiana is excellent. He has the experience and tempermant to do the job. But he probably can't win. He doesn't have enough bells and whistles. The morons won't even notice him.

24 posted on 04/07/2011 4:37:54 AM PDT by Huck (Palin on Libya: Definitely a no-fly zone, definitely regime change, won't rule out ground troops.)
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To: Evil Slayer

Let’s hope that the last election made the establishment Republicans realize that their party, as they know it, is toast if they don’t wake up and offer us a real alternative. I think the Pubbies were getting to be liberal-lite and liked it that way. Now the tea party backlash has them running scared since they are starting to understand that those of us who are actually paying attention want OUR party back.


25 posted on 04/07/2011 4:43:50 AM PDT by onevoter
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To: Huck

It is what it. We are american idol public. Trump is the only guy who can break through this in 2012.

We need to beat obama. That is more important than anything.


26 posted on 04/07/2011 4:44:08 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: tsowellfan

Trojan Trump has fooled you also. Judge a man by his deeds and not by his words. He has supported the DNC for years.


27 posted on 04/07/2011 4:47:13 AM PDT by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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To: kjo

Based on what happened in the last election, I’m not sure this is necessarily the case. People are waking up. For the Republicans, they have a chance if they just put up a decent candidate and not some lib-lite that results in their side simply staying home instead of going to the polls. The only good thing about Obama winning is that, I believe - had John McCain won, he would have done many of the same things this Bozo is doing - and he would have done it with an “R” behind his name. We need a real conservative - with the financial mess this country is in, four more years of Obama could be all it takes to drive this country into a mess it can’t recover from.


28 posted on 04/07/2011 4:47:58 AM PDT by onevoter
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To: GlockThe Vote

If Trump is the best we can do, then it really doesn’t matter.


29 posted on 04/07/2011 4:51:57 AM PDT by Huck (Mitch Daniels is my choice among the potentials, which of course means he has no chance.)
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To: Huck

I would vote for bernie madoff over obama if given the choice.


30 posted on 04/07/2011 4:56:08 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: Huck

So which of the positions Trump has spoken of, do you oppose?

This statements we should be tougher on China regarding trade? (don’t see any other Republicans going there)

His demanding Obama show us his alleged birth certificate? (don’t see any other Republicans going there)

His business acumen?

What?


31 posted on 04/07/2011 5:02:37 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Palin / Trump 2012 - America First)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Enjoy your ride on the Trump wagon. It’ll be over shortly.


32 posted on 04/07/2011 5:04:19 AM PDT by Huck (Mitch Daniels is my choice among the potentials, which of course means he has no chance.)
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To: Scanian

I see this as good news.

It shows the public is desperate to find someone to challenge Obama....Trump is just in the spotlight lately and is getting attention.

Do you notice they do not pit the likely GOP candidate against Obama?

I suspect the general public is fed up with the current administration and will be willing to elect anyone strong enough to mount a counter-campaign.


33 posted on 04/07/2011 5:04:54 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Scanian

Support for Trump just shows that Republican voters are more than ready to rock. At a time when most candidates are keeping their powder dry, anyone who gets in Obama and Democrat faces will be supported.


34 posted on 04/07/2011 5:10:22 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: rhombus; Erik Latranyi

I think you are both right.


35 posted on 04/07/2011 5:12:43 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Donald Trump? A pan-Islamist ignoramous who’s a failed tycoon. I’ll never vote for him.


36 posted on 04/07/2011 5:17:38 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Huck

You didn’t answer my question.


37 posted on 04/07/2011 5:31:17 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Palin / Trump 2012 - America First)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
Trump hasn't taken any positions. He's blustered. He complains about China, but what specifically has he proposed to do about it? He just says he'd go tell the Chinese blah blah blah.

Same as what he says about OPEC. I'd tell them it's unacceptable, blah blah. Yeah, they'd laugh at you, and then what?

As for the birth certificate issue, it's entertaining, amusing, and totally beside the point of what is ailing America--which is debt.

As for his business acumen, he seems to be skilled at enriching himself, but if you look at his companies, they all seem to go bankrupt.

And last, he's not serious. He's going to make a mockery of the GOP, which they probably deserve. The birther issue is an easy cheap way for him to get a bunch of chumps on board.

38 posted on 04/07/2011 5:38:07 AM PDT by Huck (Mitch Daniels is my choice among the potentials, which of course means he has no chance.)
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To: Huck

America’s biggest problem is not the debt.

America’s biggest problem is our trade deficit. And the fact it happened, because we de-industrialized what was once the preeminent manufacturing base on Earth.

We are committing strategic suicide, and our side seems utterly oblivious. Stubbornly refusing to even see.


39 posted on 04/07/2011 5:40:27 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Palin / Trump 2012 - America First)
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To: iowamark

Perot ran as third party...don’t compare apples to oranges.


40 posted on 04/07/2011 5:46:36 AM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

People call Mitt a flip-flopper, but no one has ‘revised’ their positions, particularly on social issues, than Trump has.


41 posted on 04/07/2011 5:49:01 AM PDT by Hawk720
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To: Hawk720

Mitt is a flip-flopper.

So you’re a Mitten then?

That’s so cute.


42 posted on 04/07/2011 5:50:06 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Palin / Trump 2012 - America First)
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To: Huck

I’m loving Trump...he isn’t PC!


43 posted on 04/07/2011 5:56:28 AM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Scanian
How convenient for Beck that he will be gone from FNC before he would be forced to choose between Romney and Huntsman.

I'm surprised that you have received no comments yet to that statement of truth.

44 posted on 04/07/2011 5:56:28 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country. The thing is, Sarah loves mine.)
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To: Huck

“As for the birth certificate issue, it’s entertaining, amusing, and totally beside the point of what is ailing America—which is debt.”

Birth certificate is the tip of the iceberg regarding this fraud in the White House who is doing everything he can to destroy our country through the debt and every other means possible. These are not separate issues at all. obama’s allegiances lie elsewhere.

I’m glad Trump is trumpeting. At least someone is exposing the Emperor and inserting the subject of this fraud into the presidential race. I doubt he is a serious candidate, but I thank him for having the guts to put this out there. I’m sick of obama’s background being off limits by our courteous Republican politicians.


45 posted on 04/07/2011 5:59:37 AM PDT by Bluebird Singing
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To: lonestar

I think he’s very entertaining. I just watched his Today show interview. It was very entertaining, and he certainly says things no one else will say. My talking Donald Trump doll liked it too. I just don’t believe he’s going to run, and I don’t trust him.


46 posted on 04/07/2011 6:00:04 AM PDT by Huck (Mitch Daniels is my choice among the potentials, which of course means he has no chance.)
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To: GlockThe Vote

Bush 1 DID NOT DESERVE to be re-elected. Having a Republican who gives the democraps everythign they want is worse than having a democrap.

Clinton was a democrap.. nuff said.

Perot was the only choice out of the 3.

He may have helped elect Clinton, but with no mandate Clinton (THANK GOD~!) gave us a GOP controlled congress for the first time in 40 years.

And Clinton and the GOP Congress gave us a balanaced budget.


47 posted on 04/07/2011 6:05:26 AM PDT by Mr. K (Job #1 DEFUND THE LEFT Palin/Bachman 2012 -Unbeatable Ticket)
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To: Scanian
It's too early in the morning for these kinds of polls.


48 posted on 04/07/2011 6:24:41 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages.)
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To: Huck
I hope he runs. Other than the ego thingy, I don't think he really wants to be POTUS...he would be like a caged animal in the Oval Office...he already has the perks.

I want him to run to stir things up. Nobody is better at doing that! LOL!

49 posted on 04/07/2011 6:40:31 AM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

“His business acumen?

What?”

With me it’s his support of Hillary and Kerry.


50 posted on 04/07/2011 6:59:16 AM PDT by antisocial (Texas SCV - Deo Vindice)
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