YOUR HIRED! Could Donald Be The Next President?
I’m not sure if this is a great idea, or sheer lunacy! The man is obviously a genius with finance and marketing, but the government is not a reality show. Maybe that would be a way to really bring us out of debt!
The list of potential Republican presidential candidates now ranges from former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney to real estate developer and television personality Donald Trump.
Who among them do voters think would make a good president?
A Fox News poll released Friday asked that simple question.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (55 percent) and Romney (54 percent) alone receive a thumbs-up from at least half of Republican voters. They also garner the most support among voters overall (34 percent and 33 percent respectively).
About four in 10 Republicans think former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (43 percent), former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (40 percent) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (39 percent) would make good presidents — however, less than one in four voters overall thinks so.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he’s not running, yet 29 percent of Republicans say he would be a good president. That trumps Trump at 23 percent.
Trump was one of several possible 2012 candidates who spoke at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday. He said he would announce his presidential plans in June.
This early in the election cycle, name recognition plays a large part in the support candidates receive. That may be what boosts Trump over lesser-known potential contenders such as former Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty (21 percent support among Republicans), Minn. Rep. Michele Bachmann (16 percent), Miss. Gov. Haley Barbour (16 percent) and former Penn. Sen. Rick Santorum (15 percent).
Meanwhile, the most well-known candidates are also the most likely to be viewed as not good presidential material. Three out of four voters (75 percent) say Trump would not make a good president, including 71 percent of Republicans. Seventy-two percent overall and 56 percent of Republicans say the same about Palin.