On 20 January, Donald Trump was officially sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, pledging to put “America first”, in a reprise of the populist rhetoric that carried him all the way to the White House. The intervening weeks have been quite interesting for American politics, with the former host of The Apprentice signing several executive orders as he attempts to make his mark on the American government, the most contentious being a travel ban that was blocked by federal judges.
Donald Trump’s presidency is less than two months old, but some people are already looking ahead to the next Presidential election, which will take place in 2020. A rank outsider with no political experience, Donald Trump’s presidency was unprecedented in mainstream politics.His electoral victory back in November however, has prompted some people to consider more unconventional candidates. As one of the most powerful women in America, Oprah Winfrey could be a possible presidential candidate in 2020 and a poll rating her presidency potential has yielded some interesting results.
As a prominent journalist, talk show host and philanthropist, Oprah Winfrey has been part of the media landscape for over 30 years. Since The Oprah Winfrey show aired its last episode in 2011, Oprah was out of the public eye until her recent introduction to CBS’ 60 Minutes team as a special contributor. But it remains to be seen if she’ll hold the same role in four years’ time.When the possibility of running for president was put to her during an interview with Dave Rubenstein, Oprah admitted she hadn’t considered it, saying she didn’t “know enough”. But Public Policy Polling, a polling firm based in North Carolina, say that the Mississippi-born media personality would beat Donald Trump in a hypothetical presidential election.“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.”
Back in January, Donald Trump was sworn into the Oval Office with a 48 per cent approval rating, the lowest of any president since records began in 1992. While Public Policy Polling indicates that Oprah Winfrey would be a more popular president than Donald Trump, there’s still a very long time before Oprah’s potential presidential campaign would even begin. Still, that hasn’t stopped people from being enthused by the idea of Oprah becoming the 46th president of the United States.
At the moment, national opinion is split on many of Donald Trump’s policies and ideologies, but one thing that’s for certain is that the political landscape has changed forever in the wake of Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton. When President Obama was sworn into office back in 2009, nobody would have envisioned that the Chicago-based senator would be succeeded by a billionaire businessman.It will certainly be interesting to see whether Oprah Winfrey decides to run for president in 2020, and if Public Policy Polling’s observations are accurate, it may be worth the former talk show host’s time. How Oprah will perform in a real presidential race against Donald Trump however, remains to be seen.