By Hilary Weaver. Photos: Getty Images.
In an interview with Bloomberg’s David Rubenstein earlier this month, Oprah Winfrey joked that she would consider a presidential run in 2020. Though many were excited at the the prospect of the omnipresent talk-show host sitting in the Oval Office, her best friend, Gayle King, was quick to note this proclamation was only in jest. But a new Public Policy Polling Survey shows that Winfrey might just want to reconsider a run for office.
“Reports have conflicted on whether she's really interested, but for what it's worth, Oprah Winfrey has a 49/33 favorability rating nationally and would lead Donald Trump 47-40 in a hypothetical 2020 presidential contest,” the survey found. In other words, the poll found that those polled would prefer Oprah to Trump in the 2020 election.
In her interview with Rubenstein, Winfrey said that after seeing the state of this current administration, she might just have what it takes to lead the country: “I never considered the question even a possibility. I thought, ‘Oh gee, I don’t have the experience, I don’t know enough. Now I’m thinking . . . ‘oh!’ ”
President Trump himself has considered Winfrey’s influential power. In 2015, he told ABC News that he would welcome her as his running mate. George Stephanopoulos noted in the interview that Trump had also made this comment in 1999, when he considered a run for the Reform Party.
“I think Oprah would be great; I’d love to have Oprah,” he said. “I think we’d win easily, actually.” Someone should make sure this poll gets to the president’s desk—or, rather, cable TV.
This story originally appeared on Vanity Fair.
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