New Poll Shows Surprising Results in Matchup Between Trump and Oprah

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January 10, 2018Jan 10, 2018

When asked on Tuesday what he thinks about a possible race against Oprah Winfrey, he responded confidently. "Yeah, I'll beat Oprah," he claimed. "Oprah would be a lot of fun." 

President Trump also mentioned that he doesn't believe Oprah will win, and if a new Rasmussen Reports Survey released on Wednesday is correct, he better hope he's right. According to the poll, the majority of Americans would vote for Oprah for president, if they had a choice between her and President Trump. 

Oprah, an iconic entertainment mogul, appeared to beat President Trump in this recent poll, despite her lack of political or government experience to date, reports Yahoo. Of course, these numbers could either increase or decrease as she decides to roll out her presidential campaign.

And since she is inexperienced, it is difficult to tell what will happen if she decides to run. Much like President Trump, an Oprah campaign would be unpredictable. 

This isn't the first time that Oprah has seen a favorable poll. In fact, in March 2017, a Quinnipiac poll found that Oprah had a 52% approval rating. Among Democrats, her favorability rating was even higher, reaching a massive 72%. The latest Rasmussen poll shows that Oprah has a 55% general favorability rating, with 27% answering that they have a "highly favorable" opinion of the billionaire talk-show host.

A Trump-Oprah race would certainly be interesting. When asked on Tuesday what he thought about Oprah running for president, Time points out that he steered clear of nicknames and insults. Rather, he simply smiled and said that he knows her "very well." 

Many Democrats, especially those in Hollywood, have been intrigued by the idea of Oprah running for president. Her best friend, Gayle King, said on Tuesday that Oprah herself is also intrigued by the idea. 

Speculation about a possible Oprah campaign began after the longtime talk show host gave a passionate speech on racial justice and sexual harassment at Sunday's Golden Globes, thereby fueling speculation that she might be running for president. 

While some sources close to Oprah have claimed that she is not considering a bid for the presidency, other sources claim that she actually is.

CNN reports that an Oprah campaign for president would considerably change an early playing field  — one where Senator Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Senator Elizabeth Warren are considering the leading contenders, alongside Senators Corey Booker, Kamala Harris, and Kristen Gillibrand, who are also receiving widespread national attention.

According to some strategists, Oprah is one of the few people who will be able to pull national media attention away from President Trump in the heat of the presidential campaign.

In this regard, she might be able to "out-Trump Trump." Others portray Oprah as the alternative to Trump's brand of bitter and personal politics.

Oprah, argues CNN, is everything that Trump claims to be, but much unlike the former host of the "Celebrity Apprentice," Oprah is adored by most Americans. Like Trump, she is successful and self-made.

According to the National Review, this isn't the first time that people have urged Oprah to run for president. In fact, Michael Moore suggested that her or Tom Hanks consider running against Trump in 2020. Even Donald Trump suggested her as his own running mate in the year 2000.

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