Newsmax’s Donald Trump presidential poll

And the online poll continues to show that Americans overwhelmingly favor Trump as their preferred candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

Online participants in the ongoing survey, a non-scientific poll, also support Trump by a wide margin in a head-to-head matchup with President Barack Obama.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the poll had received 1,026,891 responses, the largest poll ever fielded by Newsmax.

If the election were held today, Trump — who says he is seriously considering a run for president in 2012 — would beat Obama in a landslide, 65 percent to 16 percent. But that lead is just as sizeable when Trump faces off against the best and the brightest in the oft-mentioned field of GOP contenders for 2012.

Trump takes 55 percent of the vote in a field including Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, and Tim Pawlenty. His closest competitor, according to the poll, is former Massachusetts Gov. Romney with 10 percent of the vote.

The online poll has already attracted considerable attention in the media. Outlets such as U.S. News & World Report,, the “Fox & Friends” TV show, Fox News’ Sean Hannity, and have all mentioned the poll in recent days.

Editor’s Note: You can still vote in Newsmax’s online poll about Donald Trump and his 2012 prospects. Vote Here Now
When Trump recently told Hannity that polls show he is either tied or can beat Obama in 2012, he said the Newsmax poll was “the best of all.”

And when he sat down for an interview with Time magazine, the first thing the real estate mogul cited to demonstrate his credibility as a presidential candidate was the Newsmax poll.

Following are the poll questions and results. Percentages do not total 100 because of rounding:

1) Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Donald Trump?

Favorable: 73 percent
Unfavorable: 26 percent

2) If the 2012 election were held today, who would you vote for?

Barack Obama: 16 percent
Donald Trump: 65 percent
Other: 17 percent

3) In a Republican primary, who would be your candidate for the nomination for president?

Donald Trump: 55 percent
Tim Pawlenty: 2 percent
Mitt Romney: 10 percent
Mike Huckabee: 8 percent
Sarah Palin: 6 percent
Mitch Daniels: 1 percent
Haley Barbour: 0 percent
Newt Gingrich: 5 percent
Bobby Jindal: 2 percent
Michele Bachmann: 4 percent
Ron Paul: 2 percent

4) Is Trump right in demanding that Pres. Obama release his birth certificate?

Trump is right: 78 percent
Trump is wrong: 21 percent

Trump also came out on top in a Newsmax/InsiderAdvantage poll completed on Monday night, which showed Trump leading all potential GOP candidates with 14.3 percent of the vote. Huckabee was second with 14.1 percent, followed by Romney with 13.5 percent.

The two polls results reflect a growing enthusiasm for a Trump candidacy across America.

Republican Pete Hoekstra, who served 18 years in the U.S. House, told Newsmax that Donald Trump is the only potential GOP presidential candidate who has “captured the imagination” and says a Trump candidacy could “resonate very, very well” with the voters in 2012.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said: “I do have respect for Donald Trump and for his candidness — I think people are craving that today, in the world of political speak.”

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said a presidential run by Trump would be good for the country. "I've always said the public benefits from more choice. If Donald Trump wants to run, he should run," Bloomberg told reporters.

And veteran political analyst Roger Stone told Newsmax that Trump’s potential presidential campaign is getting traction because people are “disgusted and outraged” about what has happened in the country under the Obama administration.

“I think people are really tuning into what he is saying,” Stone observed.

A recent poll by Public Policy Polling also showed Trump leading all prospective 2012 Republican presidential candidates. Trump garnered 26 percent of the vote and Mike Huckabee was second at 17 percent.

Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling, said: “Who knows if he’s really going to end up running or not, but Donald Trump is certainly getting a lot of traction with Republican primary voters.

“A lot of GOP voters have not been happy with their choice of candidates and Trump is filling that void, at least for the moment.”

Trump also debuted atop a new Gallup survey that for the first time listed him as a potential Republican presidential hopeful. Trump garnered 16 percent of the support in the survey of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.

Trump got the ball rolling on a possible White House run in a wide-ranging exclusive interview with Newsmax in late January.

The billionaire businessman pulled no punches, taking aim at the banks, Obamacare, the weak dollar, and American diplomats, and asserting it is “insane” to spend fortunes in other countries when the United States is in dire need of rebuilding.

He criticized America’s “horrible” trade agreements, declared that the Middle East is going to explode, warned about “catastrophic” oil prices, and charged that Obama’s Afghanistan policy is “dangerous and stupid.”

He also complained that the United States is a “laughing stock” throughout the world.

About OPEC, he said: “I think it’s unfair. I think it’s illegal. If you have a store and I have a store and we collude and set prices, we go to jail. Here you have 12 men, in this case all men, they sit around a table and they set the price of oil.

“We have to do something about OPEC because that’s the life blood of the country.”

Asked how serious he is about running for president, Trump responded: “I think you can see that I’m very serious. Otherwise I wouldn’t be here.

“I’m looking at what’s happening with this country and frankly, it’s very sad. I see what’s happening left and right, how we’re being abused by other nations, and I don’t like it. I don’t like what’s happening with jobs. I am seriously thinking about it," Trump added.

“I love the country and I hate what’s happening to the country.”

Editor’s Note: You can still vote in Newsmax’s online poll about Donald Trump and his 2012 prospects. Vote Here Now
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