WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Is Donald Trump’s moment in the political spotlight coming to a close?
A new poll released on Tuesday suggested the real estate mogul and celebrity TV show host may have peaked, as he ponders whether to run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
The survey by the Public Policy Polling organization said Trump has fallen from first place in last month’s poll to tie for fifth this month, barely ahead of the seventh-place candidate.
Trump led the field with 26 percent in the April poll but this month is at 8 percent support among Republicans surveyed.
The star of the NBC-TV show “Celebrity Apprentice” had risen to the top of the polls by questioning whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States.
Obama responded by releasing a longer version of his birth certificate, a move that took the steam out of Trump, who has said he would announce whether he was running for the White House after his TV show ends its season on May 22.
“Donald Trump had a meteoric rise to the top of the GOP presidential field and has fallen back down just as quickly,” said Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling. “Republican voters burned out on him pretty fast, especially after the birther issue lost some of its potency with the release of President Obama’s birth certificate.”
The poll found former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who is weighing a presidential run, was in the lead in a narrow field with 19 percent to 18 percent for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
Reporting by Steve Holland; editing by Philip Barbara