A strong majority of Americans don’t want Oprah Winfrey to run for President.
That’s according to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll released today, in which 59% of those surveyed say that the TV icon should stay out of politics.
Even worse news for Democrats, their latest trendy candidate is virtually tied with Trump in hypothetical votes, with a whole whopping load of undecideds – whom winning over is The Donald’s speciality.
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The topline result from the POLITICO/Morning Consult poll: Winfrey would lead Trump by 2 percentage points in a head-to-head matchup, 40 percent to 38 percent. More than one-in-five voters, 22 percent, are undecided.
Among Democrats, Winfrey would lead Trump, 73 percent to 9 percent. Trump has a similar advantage among Republicans, 76 percent to 11 percent. Independents tilt slightly toward Winfrey, 35 percent to 30 percent, with another 35 percent undecided.
That’s similar to the result of an automated survey, conducted last week for a progressive organization, which also had the two media stars running neck-and-neck in a 2020 matchup.
Winfrey’s lead was larger in a Marist College poll last week, conducted for NPR and the PBS Newshour. In that survey, Winfrey led Trump among registered voters by 11 points, 50 percent to 39 percent.
Perhaps more interesting in the POLITICO/Morning Consult poll: Democratic voters actually prefer Winfrey to some of the party’s potential 2020 candidates. Winfrey would lead Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in a head-to-head primary matchup, 39 percent to 35 percent. And she has a big lead over Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), 44 percent to 23 percent.
In other words, a celebrity like Winfrey is the best Democrats have to offer right now. And even she would be a heavy underdog vs Trump.
Especially given that only 41% of voters want her before the vetting process has even begun.