Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump said in October that he is “absolutely thinking about” running for president — and a new poll shows that he would garner strong support if he did.
Star magazine asked its readers: “Donald Trump says he may run for president in 2012. Would you vote for him?”
The result: 71 percent said yes, just 29 percent said no.
The Star poll confirms the results of a recent Newsmax/SurveyUSA poll that showed Trump within striking distance of defeating President Barack Obama in a head-to-head race for the presidency.
The entrepreneur received nearly half the vote, 47 percent. Trump polled strongly among Republicans and conservatives, and got 50 percent of the vote among independents.
Billionaire pharmaceuticals mogul Stewart Rahr, who wants to persuade his friend Trump to challenge Obama in 2012, cited the Star and Newsmax polls in an e-mail to potential supporters that was posted on a Forbes magazine blog.
Rahr wrote: “Donald as many of us know is a natural born leader with outstanding ability to inspire others and to accomplish impossible tasks.”