An Internet poll sponsored by Newsmax.com reveals that Americans overwhelmingly favor Donald Trump as their preferred candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.
Online participants in the poll, which has drawn more than 550,000 responses, also support Trump by a wide margin in a head-to-head matchup with President Barack Obama.
If the election were held today, Trump would beat Obama in a landslide, 68 to 13 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 57 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 9 percent of the vote.
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: 77 percent
Unfavorable: 22 percent
2) If the 2012 election were held today, who would you vote for?
Barack Obama: 13 percent
Donald Trump: 68 percent
Other: 17 percent
3) In a Republican primary, who would be your candidate for the nomination for president?
Donald Trump: 57 percent
Tim Pawlenty: 3 percent
Mitt Romney: 9 percent
Mike Huckabee: 8 percent
Sarah Palin: 6 percent
Mitch Daniels: 1 percent
Haley Barbour: 0 percent
Newt Gingrich: 6 percent
Bobby Jindal: 2 percent
Michele Bachmann: 4 percent
4) Is Trump right in demanding that Pres. Obama release his birth certificate?
Trump is right: 82 percent
Trump is wrong: 17 percent