63% Of Americans Say They Wouldn’t Vote For Donald Trump

The Trump for President idea isn’t very well-received among the respondents to a new USA Today/Gallup poll:

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.

“Trump is filling a huge void in the Republican Party right now, and he’s gathering a protest vote: protest against the way Washington works; protest with the establishment Republicans,” says Scott Reed, manager for Bob Dole’s 1996 presidential campaign. “The jury is still out whether Trump can translate that into a real candidacy for president.”

His possible bid faces broad resistance: 63% of Americans, including 46% of Republicans, say they definitely will not vote for Trump for president. 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.

Dear Donald, America is calling. The message — You’re not hired.


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  1. Marvin Marks says:

    There would be some overlap among those 63% and 46% if Trump faced Obama (people who say they would not vote for either) … I’m pretty sure most of them would go with Obama in such a situation… especially the more people learn about Trump and his insanity.

    That said, I’m a little concerned about how high that number is for Obama. Obviously he can win with 46% voting against him, but it doesn’t give him much leeway.