Meet Donald Trump, Your New GOP Frontrunner

Another poll shows Donald Trump leading the GOP 2012 field:

Republican primary voters at this early stage of the game now give billionaire developer Donald Trump the edge over presumptive favorites Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee in the race to be the GOP’s presidential nominee in 2012.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters finds Trump with 19% support, just ahead of the former governors, Massachusetts’ Romney at 17% and Arkansas’ Huckabee with 15%.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich are tied for fourth place with nine percent (9%) each, closely followed by Texas Congressman Ron Paul at eight percent (8%). Rounding out the list are former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (5%) and Mitch Daniels, the current governor of Indiana, at three percent (3%). Five percent (5%) like some other candidate, and 11% are undecided when presented with this list of candidates.


Trump is the top choice of likely primary voters who are Tea Party members with 22% support, compared to 16% support among non-members. Romney is the top choice of those who are not members of the grass roots movement.

Huckabee runs strongest among primary voters who are Evangelical Christians with 23% support. Romney leads among other Protestants and is tied with Trump among Catholic voters. Trump has a slight edge among likely primary voters of other faiths.

The nationally-known businessman and reality TV star leads among most income groups, too. He’s also ahead among married voters and those with children in the home.

All the usual caveats about early polling apply, of course, but it is still extraordinary and somewhat disturbing that this empty suit with hair is capturing so much support from Republicans.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. mantis says:

    I think Trump still needs to provide some documentation.

  2. legion says:

    You know, every political group has it nutters, its greedy skeezebags, its unapologetic croks and general embarrassments. But they generally don’t become the front-runner – the literal face of the party – so readily.

    I know there are lots of conservatives and lots of Republicans (and yes, that’s not a repetition) who find Trump appalling, but the fact that so many embraced this rube so quickly shows, beyond any chance of argument, that the absolute base of the Modern Republican Party is a bunch of uneducated, gullible, racist feebs. Period.

    If that offends or upsets you, YOU are the one who needs to do something about it. Take your party back. Run off the scam artists. Do not tolerate racists and liars just for the sake of electability. But if you’re pissed off at me for pointing it out, I could not possibly care less.

  3. john personna says:

    Wait … we know that some commenters are doing parody, and some “conservative” pundits on comedy channel are doing parody …

    but is the whole GOP doing parody at this point?

    That would explain a lot.

  4. EddyTeach says:

    Don’t let anyone tell the Tea Partiers that Mr. Trump supports universal healthcare and abortion.

  5. Moosebreath says:

    “this empty suit with hair”

    This empty suit with hair, who is making racially coded remarks about the President which none of the other major candidates are. That’s what his supporters are responding to.