Polls: Americans don’t want Oprah to run – she’d even lose the Democrat primary

January 13, 2018

Polls: Americans don’t want Oprah to run – she’d even lose the Democrat primary Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com

For a Democratic Party candidate field composed of leaderless, messageless, aging urban elites who are out-of-touch with ordinary working-class Americans, Oprah Winfrey represents a God-send. Sure, the 63-year-old television mogul also lives in a state of perpetual urban seclusion in her multimillion-dollar ivory towers, and Oprah’s political principles can be described as an amalgamation of race-baiting and New-Age snake-oil self-improvement strategies.

Yet, a vocal segment of the U.S. population are unable to see through the billionaire’s anti-intellectual worldview to her deeply materialistic inner core, and Oprah’s indifferent response to questions about a potential presidential bid have liberal fangirls and fanboys practically seizuring in anticipation. Fortunately, the informed majority of Americans don’t have the stomach for a potential huckster-in-chief and race-baiter extraordinaire.

“YOU get a vote, and YOU get a vote!”

Despite the unsuppressed giddiness on display from late night talk show hosts and the Hollywood establishment, a recent Newshour/Marist poll indicates that 40 percent of Democratic voters and 77 percent of Republican voters are opposed to a Winfrey presidential ticket. However, the average American wouldn’t know this from reading the vast majority of media reports which have zeroed in on subordinate finding from the poll indicating that Winfrey would defeat President Donald Trump by 11 points.

Incidentally, this forecasted margin of victory is precisely identical to the NBC/WSJ’s projected national lead that Hillary Clinton supposedly maintained over Donald Trump just days before the 2016 election.  

Oprah wouldn’t even win the Democratic primary, according to a RABA Research poll. When voters were asked who they would vote for if the 2020 Democratic primaries were held today, Oprah came in third behind Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden.

In any event, Winfrey would have trouble taking on Trump if most Americans believe that she shouldn’t even be privileged to run for president. Fifty-four percent of the 1,350 adults surveyed believe that Oprah should stick to running her television network and reprising small roles in moderately successful Hollywood movies.


Starving for a leader, or an Obama 2.0, Democrats responded to Oprah’s impassioned speech at the 2018 Golden Gloves by wistfully reminiscing about the Democratic Party’s better days. After Winfrey was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the Los Angeles ceremony, she addressed the celebrity ballroom with a memorable speech capturing the event’s thematic protest of sexual abuse:

For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up!

The starstruck response from the left was immediate, overblown and overly ambitious. “I’m on the bus with Oprah,” Jimmy Kimmel said.

Harvey Weinstein buddy Meryl Streep would have cast her vote from the ballroom floor: “I want her to run for president,” she breathed.

She’s running,” Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. tweeted. “A new day is on the way.”

Except, all of these media megastars and super-liberals failed to ask Oprah Winfrey how she felt about her own premature inauguration. When Winfrey’s longtime friend Gayle King told CBS This Morning that the former talk show host was “intrigued” by all the support for her nonexistent political career, many Democrats wishfully received this as a formal declaration.

However, King was later compelled to elaborate and tell fans that she did not think her friend was “actually considering” a 2020 bid for the presidency.

Detached democrat

Perhaps the rest of America is simply too conscious of Oprah’s tone-deaf response to everyday living. After all, this is the same philanthropist who once said that she was “so frustrated with visiting inner-city schools that [she] just stopped going.”

“The sense that you need to learn just isn’t there,” she said of black American youth. “If you ask the kids what they want or need, they will say an iPod or some sneakers. In South Africa, they don’t ask for money or toys. They ask for uniforms so they can go to school.”

Oprah’s disdain for her own country may explain why she created the $40 million facility housing the Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. Winfrey was sure to outfit the building — occupied by girls with no desire for “money or toys,” remember — with a beauty salon, yoga studio, 200-thread-count sheets and huge walk-in closets that girls who own very few clothes have no use for.

While this type of opulent wastefulness may appeal to a certain class of liberal Hollywood elites, most Americans are sickened by such unrestrained displays of social snobbery. Winfrey would be wise to stay far away from Capitol Hill for the next four years.

Benjamin Baird

Benjamin Baird is a senior staff writer for the Conservative Institute. He is a veteran infantryman of Iraq and Afghanistan with over 1000 days in combat and holds a degree in Middle Eastern studies from the American Military University. Ben is a regular contributor at the Middle East Forum and has written for dozens of conservative publications, including The Daily Caller, American Spectator, American Thinker, New English Review and Yahoo News.