The majority of voters say Oprah Winfrey should not run for president in 2020, according to the latest Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday.
- 59 percent say Winfrey should not run, compared to 24 percent who think she should.
- 40 percent of voters think Winfrey would defeat President Donald Trump, compared to 38 percent who say she would not.
In a hypothetical Democratic primary:
- Former Vice President Joe Biden would defeat Winfrey 54 percent to 31 percent.
- Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders would defeat Winfrey 46 percent to 37 percent.
- Winfrey would defeat Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., 39 percent to 35 percent.
- Winfrey would defeat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., 44 percent to 23 percent.
Breaking down the results by party affiliation:
- Democrats would choose Winfrey over Trump, 73 percent to 9 percent.
- Republicans would choose Trump over Winfrey, 76 percent to 11 percent.
- Independents would favor Winfrey, 35 percent to 30 percent, with 30 percent undecided.
Talk of Winfrey running for president ramped up after her speech at the Golden Globes.
"If you were watching cable news the Monday after the Golden Globes, you would have thought the numbers would say 99 percent of Americans want her to run. Certainly polls have their limitations, but these numbers don't quite indicate that degree of enthusiasm," said Robert Thompson, director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University, in the Morning Consult report.
The poll was conducted from Jan. 11 to Jan. 16, surveying 1,993 registered voters, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
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