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Early 2020 poll shows how an Oprah vs. Trump election matchup might shake out

Oprah Winfrey and President Donald Trump. (New York Times / Getty Images)

A new poll shows Oprah Winfrey might cruise to an easy victory if she decides to jump in the race and take on President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. “TV personality Oprah Winfrey is the likely winner over President Trump if the 2020 election were held today,” the Rasmussen Reports wrote in its roundup of the survey, but cautioned, “there are a lot of undecideds.”

According to the results of the national telephone and online survey, some 48 percent of likely U.S. voters would choose Winfrey, while 38 percent would vote for Trump. Another 14 percent of voters are undecided, the survey found — a sizable portion.

Actress and TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey poses with the Cecil B. DeMille Award during the 75th Golden Globe Awards on January 7, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Speculation and interest in a Winfrey White House bid has skyrocketed in the wake of the television legend’s stirring speech at The Golden Globes on Sunday night. “I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon,” Winfrey declared at the end of her speech. “And when that new day finally dawns it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again,” she concluded, drawing her second standing ovation of the evening.

The Rasmussen Reports poll is not the first done on the possibility of a Winfrey candidacy, though it is the first to match her up against Trump. In March of 2017, a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University showed that Winfrey enjoyed widespread favorability among American voters, CNN reported. A majority of respondents indicated they held a favorable view of Winfrey, however nearly 70 percent of respondents, including a majority of Democrats, replied that they did not want to see Winfrey run for president. Of course, that poll was taken just two months into the Trump presidency. And the poll published by Rasmussen Reports, it’s worth noting, would ordinarily be taken with a grain of salt. As CNN reports, it tends to favor Republicans and has been the subject of criticism by other pollsters, though in this case the Republican candidate is running 10 percentage points behind the Democrat.

President Donald Trump leaves the Oval Office alongside Vice President Mike Pence. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

A Winfrey-Trump showdown for the White House would be anything but ordinary. All the normal rules of politics would need to be ignored. Perhaps that’s why we’re already seeing a resistance from some pundits and politicians. Anne Applebaum writing for The Washington Post, argued that “the ‘Oprah in 2020’ talk is proof of our democracy’s degradation.” In The New York Times, Thomas Chatterton Williams was more blunt: “Oprah, don’t do it,” he pleaded. And during an appearance on CNN, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts mused that she didn’t know whether the country was ready for another celebrity billionaire president.

As for Trump, he doesn’t expect an Oprah 2020 campaign to be something that actually materializes. And if it does, he said, “Yeah, I’ll beat Oprah.”

What do you think? Should Oprah run? Vote in our poll below.


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