Will Oprah hit the presidential trail?

January 11, 2018

President Donald Trump told reporters on January 9 that he not only knows movie star and TV tycoon Oprah Winfrey, but he likes her. Were she to be nominated for president on the Democratic ticket in 2020, the POTUS said, “Yeah, I’ll beat Oprah. Oprah will be lots of fun. I don’t think she’s going to run.”

However, following Oprah’s acceptance speech for the Cecille B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes in Beverly Hills on January 7, rumors were rife that she might just put her hat in the ring.

And none of those close to her disavowed the idea. Even best friend and CBS This Morning Co-host Gayle King said that Oprah was “very intrigued by the idea.” Longtime romantic partner Stedman Graham also commented that Oprah “would absolutely” run for president if she were the people’s choice.

Now, a poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports and released on January 10 finds that, if Oprah were to make a White House run against Trump, she would be the likely winner.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 48% of likely U.S. Voters would opt for Winfrey, while 38% would choose Trump. But a sizable 14% are undecided.

Winfrey has the support of 76% of Democrats, 22% of Republicans and 44% of voters not affiliated with either major political party. The president earns 66% of the vote from Republicans, 12% of Democrats and 38% of those who are unaffiliated.

Twelve percent (12%) of both Republicans and Democrats are undecided given this matchup. One-in-five unaffiliated voters (19%) aren’t sure which candidate they would support.

Fifty-five percent (55%) of all voters view Winfrey favorably, including 27% with a “very favorable” view of the media personality and entrepreneur. That’s little changed from 2011, Nielsen said—after Winfrey announced she was ending her TV talk show after 25 years on the air. Thirty-four percent (34%) admitted to an unfavorable view of her, with 18% who have a “very unfavorable” opinion of the star.

The survey of 1,000 U.S. voters was conducted by Pulse Opinion Research on behalf of Rasmussen..

Research contact: info@rasmussenreports.com

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