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Obama birth questions skyrocket Trump in GOP poll; Bachmann and Pawlenty at the bottom

Donald Trump’s questions about whether President Obama was born in the United States seem to have catapulted him to the lead in a new GOP presidential poll.
The survey, from Public Policy Polling, attributes Trump’s “birther” beliefs to his sudden

Donald Trump’s questions about whether President Obama was born in the United States seem to have catapulted him to the lead in a new GOP presidential poll.

The survey, from Public Policy Polling, attributes Trump’s “birther” beliefs to his sudden appearance at the top of the polls, with 26 percent support.

Minnesota’s Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty each garnered only 4 percent in the poll.

Say the pollsters:

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“Almost every month, the top four candidates have been in a statistical tie, with various candidates jockeying back and forth for slim leads. But for the first time in three months, when Mike Huckabee had a ten point lead over Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin, PPP has found a candidate who puts serious distance between himself and the rest of the field: Donald Trump.”

Results of the poll taken April 7-10 of 400 Republican primary voters:

  • Donald Trump 26%
  • Mike Huckabee 17%
  • Mitt Romney 15%
  • Newt Gingrich 11%
  • Sarah Palin 8%
  • Ron Paul 5%
  • Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann 4%.

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.”

Without Trump in the race, and Huckabee and Palin out, too, this poll shows these results:

  • Romney 25 %
  • Gingrich 23 %
  • Paul 13 %
  • Pawlenty 10 %
  • Bachmann 8 %
  • Barbour 4 %

The same polling group released poll results Thursday showing President Obama leading six potential Republican opponents by anywhere from 5 to 18 points, but noting that his support appears weaker than it was in 2008.