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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Was Donald Trump born? Or hatched?

The latest Rasmussen poll shows Donald Trump getting more support than any other Republican presidential hopeful. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2012/national_gop_primary_poll_trump_19_romney_17_huckabee_15 

Or maybe not. If Donald Trump really is a joke, why not treat any poll about Donald Trump as a joke?  As Peter Grier writes in the Christian Science Monitor:

New York Times poll blogger Nate Silver notes that in a recent USA Today survey, only 43 percent of respondents said they were certain that Donald Trump was born in the US. Seven percent said they were certain he wasn’t.

Some percentage of this surprising response might well be due to the fact that those who weighed in “were giving a stupid answer to a stupid question” wrote Mr. Silver earlier this week.

And Silver goes on to speculate that there may be some element of this flippancy in general polls of Republican voters.

“The question that will determine whether Mr. Trump can remain a viable candidate is whether those voters are laughing with Mr. Trump or laughing at him,” wrote Silver.

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/The-Vote/2011/0429/Is-Donald-Trump-really-the-GOP-frontrunner?cmpid=ema:nws:Weekend%20Weekly%20B%204-30-11%20%281%29&cmpid=ema:nws:NTI5OTY1Mzg0OQS2 

Also potentially humorous is that I’m writing about Grier writing about Silver writing about Rasmussen writing about Trump. Maybe there are only 3 reporters in the US, and everyone else is just re-write men.