From the party that’s all about equal opportunity for women, glass ceilings and all that…
Hollywood went nuts over Oprah’s Golden Globes speech. Democrats were hopeful that the billionaire entertainer/talk show host might consider a run for President in 2020 against Donald Trump.
The Daily Caller reports that a new poll suggests that entertainment titan and lifestyle brand mogul Oprah Winfrey wouldn’t fare well if she ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, particularly if she went up against male candidates.
In the Politico poll released on Wednesday, Winfrey leads Trump 40 to 38 percent in a general election run. Around 22 percent of voters, however, were undecided in the head-to-head matchup.
She didn’t do well in polls for the Democratic nomination, either. Winfrey only gained the plurality of support against the two potential female primary candidates, Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. Winfrey was ahead of Warren 39 to 35 percent, and bested Gillibrand 44 to 23 percent, according to the poll.
Choosing between Winfrey and potential male Democratic primary candidates Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the poll respondents overwhelmingly chose the experienced male politicians. Biden received 54 percent of support to Oprah’s 31, and Sanders lead 46 percent to 37.
Winfrey has said nothing about actually running for president, but that doesn’t stop some people from imagining an election between two politicians who used to be celebrities. It appears, however, that Oprah’s strong support among Democrats doesn’t mean the party wants her as president.
“Oprah’s strong standing among Democrats does not translate to a clear interest in her launching a presidential campaign,” Kyle Dropp, co-founder and chief research officer of Morning Consult, told Politico. “While 77 percent of Democrats have a favorable opinion of Oprah, only 38 percent say she should run in 2020.”