WASHINGTON — Democratic voters would choose former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) over Oprah Winfrey in a hypothetical primary match-up, according to a new Morning Consult/POLITICO poll.
Biden tops Winfrey by 54-31 percent while Sanders leads the entertainment and lifestyle icon by 46-37 percent.
Winfrey sparked 2020 chatter earlier this month after delivering a rousing speech at the 2018 Golden Globes supporting the #MeToo movement to hold powerful men in Hollywood, politics and media accountable for sexual misconduct.
While Winfrey has tried to play down speculation, many in her inner circle have made it clear that she is leaving a potential run on the table.
The poll found that a 59 percent majority of registered voters do not believe that Winfrey should run while 24 percent think that she should. Seventeen percent are undecided or have no opinion.
When placed against other potential female candidates, Winfrey performs significantly better.
She leads Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) by 44-23 percent and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) by 39-35 percent.
In a general election against President Donald Trump, Winfrey holds a slim 40-38 percent lead with 22 percent of voters undecided or holding no opinion.
The poll was conducted among 1,993 registered voters, including 689 Democrats, between Jan. 11-16. There is a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.