POLITICO/Morning Consult Poll: Majority of Voters in Several Polls Don’t Think Oprah Winfrey Should Run for the White House
THE LIBERAL PIPE DREAM, OPRAH FOR PRESIDENT …
From The Politico, not Fox News, not Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity, but from the liberal Politico comes the following, a presidential run for Oprah Winfrey gets low ratings from voter. Add to this the Trump polling effect where individuals are less likely to say they are voting for Trump or say anything positive in public for fear of retribution. How did the 2016 polling go when it came to Donald Trump? Then there is that little Oprah-Weinstein issue that many voters don’t even know about.
Americans love Oprah Winfrey. But they aren’t exactly clamoring for the media mogul and former talk-show host to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020.
A majority of voters across several polls don’t think Winfrey should run for the White House, according to polls conducted since Winfrey’s much-heralded speech at a Hollywood awards show launched a round of presidential speculation. Even among Democratic voters, more say she shouldn’t run for president than should.
Still, there’s enough evidence to continue fueling speculation about her political prospects. Winfrey performs well on polling ballot tests, tying or leading Trump in a number of surveys. The POLITICO/Morning Consult poll shows Democratic voters prefer her to a host of other potential candidates — except former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
And despite the persistent disapproval of Trump’s job performance thus far, voters are still open to political neophytes as presidential candidates — though Democratic voters are more likely to say they want candidates with experience in elected office.
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.
But Winfrey trails both Biden, 54 percent to 31 percent, and Sanders, 46 percent to 37 percent — two of Democrats’ best-known possible candidates.
That did not take very long, after just five short months Oprah Winfrey Network, OWN, is giving Rosie O’ Donnell and ’The Rosie Show’ the axe. According to reports it was because of plunging TV ratings. In five months Rosie went from a daily average of viewership from 500,000 to 150,000. Plunging, one might say free-fall.
Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network is pulling the curtain on “The Rosie Show” after five months on the air.
The show premiered in October to about 500,000 viewers but lost about half that audience within days of its debut.
As reported by the NY Times, it appears the show and its producers were in total disarray.All this chaos in just five months? Oh how it must have been a joy to work on this project.
The Chicago Tribune reported this month that Ms. O’Donnell was under contract until 2013. The newspaper asserted that the show suffered from a “top-heavy organization plagued by turnover among executive producers during the show’s brief history.” It also cited a “fundamental culture clash” between the producers of Ms. Winfrey’s former program in Chicago and other producers hired specifically for “The Rosie Show.”