NBC poll surprise: Donald Trump tied for second in GOP field
By JUANA SUMMERS | 4/6/11 5:53 PM EDT Updated: 4/7/11 8:19 AM EDT
Make way for The Donald.
Donald Trump is a force to be reckoned with on the national political stage, according to a new poll on Wednesday night.
The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows Trump tied for second place with Mike Huckabee, both at 17 percent, and leading the GOP pack among Tea Party supporters.
Mitt Romney is the frontrunner with the support of 21 percent of Republican primary voters.
Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin trail, with 11 percent and 10 percent support respectively.
Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Haley Barbour all received single-digit backing among Republicans.
The poll found Trump on top of all his potential rivals among Tea Party followers.
Trump takes 20 percent of the Tea Party vote, followed by Romney with 17 percent, and Huckabee with 14 percent, the poll found.