The Democrats may like to claim they are the party of youth and diversity, but a new poll shows their voters prefer old white men to middle-aged black women when it comes to picking a presidential nominee. A POLITICO/Morning Consult poll surveyed 1,993 registered voters between January 11 and 16, asking them about a series of issues and who they would vote for in a presidential race and in possible nomination battles including Oprah Winfrey.
The poll found that while Oprah would edge out Donald Trump with 40% support to 38% support, most Americans don't think Oprah should run at all and Democrats would pick Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders over the former queen of daytime television.
Just 24% of American voters think Winfrey should run for president in 2020 compared to 59% who think it is a bad idea and 17% who did not know.
When Democrats were asked whom they would support in a primary, Winfrey easily beat Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillebrand but as soon as Sanders and Biden showed up, things changed.
Sanders had the backing of 46% of Democrats to 37% for Winfrey while Biden took 54% to Winfrey's 31% in their theoretical matchup.
The pollsters told POLITCO that while Winfrey is popular, that popularity just doesn't translate into votes:
"Oprah's strong standing among Democrats does not translate to a clear interest in her launching a presidential campaign," said Kyle Dropp, the co-founder and chief research officer of Morning Consult. "While 77 percent of Democrats have a favorable opinion of Oprah, only 38 percent say she should run in 2020."
Winfrey will turn 64 later this month, Biden, currently 75, would be 79 before he could be sworn into office while Sanders is 76 and would turn 80 before the next presidential election.