He may be a joke in Washington’s snooty and elitist circles, but celeb and real estate mogul Donald Trump is getting respect around the family kitchen table when it comes to handling money: specifically their money.
In the latest Washington Whispers poll, Americans were asked which political figure they would trust to help out in a budget crisis. Trump, who was ridiculed and laughed at during last week’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, bested House budget czar Rep. Paul Ryan, “any member of the Tea Party,” and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
In our Internet poll, conducted April 28-May 2 by Synovate eNation, 35.4 percent chose Obama to help them in a personal budget bind. Trump came in at 25.3 percent. The numbers shifted slightly toward Trump among men and toward Obama among women. And when it came to Americans aged 35-44, Trump almost caught up to Obama, 29.9 percent to 32.7 percent.
Ryan, who has authored the budget-slashing fiscal 2012 blueprint backed by the GOP, is getting attention from two age groups: 25-34 and 55-64. Our poll found that those two groups picked Ryan after Obama to help guide them through their own personal budget issues, with Trump a close third.
Washington Whispers Poll
If you were facing a problem with a budget deficit in your household, which political figure would you trust most to help you in a fix?
President Obama – 35.4 percent
Donald Trump – 25.3 percent
House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan – 18 percent
Any member of the Tea Party – 16.6 percent
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid – 4.7 percent