President Donald Trump is gaining ground on possible Democratic competition for the 2020 election, but according to a new survey, one unlikely candidate stands the best chance of beating the POTUS to the Oval Office — Oprah Winfrey.
Even though Winfrey has denied she’s interested in becoming the commander-in-chief, a poll released Friday by Zogby Analytics shows that Winfrey is the Democrats’ best chance for a White House win, with 53 percent of likely voters checking her name at the ballot box compared to 47 percent for Trump in a head-to-head matchup.
Winfrey, in fact, scores very high in just about every sub-group, including younger voters aged 18-24 (65 percent), African Americans (90 percent), Hispanics (63 percent), Asians (80 percent) and women (50 percent).
In addition, Zogby data shows that the talk show host turned media mogul also registers high with the groups who helped Trump get elected — namely, independents (55 percent) and voters with no college degree (51 percent).
And while Winfrey has voter confidence from those earning up to $100,000 and Trump from those earning more, he does score higher among Walmart shoppers (Trump wins 54 percent to Winfrey’s 46 percent) and NASCAR fans (Trump wins 59 percent to Winfrey’s 41 percent).
Although the gap between Trump and leading Democrats — including former Vice President Joe Biden and senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders — has narrowed, Republicans still trail overall.
According to Zogby, in January, Biden beat the president in polls 53 percent to 38 percent. But his lead has narrowed, with 48 percent how choosing Biden and 38 percent selecting Trump (the rest are undecided).
On the flip side, former first lady Michelle Obama’s lead over Trump from January to the present has increased 2 percentage points. (She would now win 48 percent to 39 percent.)
Sen. Bernie Sanders would also beat Trump 48 percent to 39 percent, according to the Zogby poll, while rising-star Democratic senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris didn’t bode as well in head-to-head competition with the POTUS.
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Zogby Analytics’ nationwide online survey polled 881 likely voters in the U.S. May 10 to May 12. Based on a confidence interval of 95 percent, the margin of error for 881 is +/- 3.2 points.