CBS News Poll: Oprah Hurts Obama, Bill Helps Hillary

I found this rather fascinating. A new CBS News/New York Times poll shows that Oprah either makes no difference or makes people less willing to vote for Obama. However, Bill Clinton makes people more likely to vote for Hillary.

Here’s the story from CBS News:

For all the hype and attention she has received, the poll indicates that Oprah Winfrey may not be having much of an impact on moving voters. Just one percent of Democrats said Winfrey’s endorsement of Obama would make it more likely to vote for him while 14 percent said it would make it less likely they would support his candidacy and 80 percent said it would make no difference.

By contrast, 44 percent said Bill Clinton’s involvement with his wife’s campaign would make it more likely for the them to support her, 7 percent said less and 46 percent said it would make no difference.

So could it be that Oprah isn’t lending any credit to Obama for some reason? She’s immensely popular for doing humanitarian good and her widely view TV show.

However, could it simply be the fact that people just do not hold Oprah’s political views to mean anything? I’m wondering if people like Oprah, but they are reluctant in allowing her to dictate their vote. She said in her speeches for Obama, “I’m not telling you how to think, I’m telling you to think about Barack Obama”. However, that flies in the face of the rest of her speech where she repeatedly says “We need Barack Obama!”. Well if we’re not being told how to think, why do we need Obama?

I’m surprised by the negative reaction actually. Clearly when a celebrity, even a very popular one, tells people how to vote, there is a negative visceral reaction.

On the contrary, Democrats are still in love with Bill Clinton. Of Oprah can’t give Obama an edge, he’s done in my opinion.

Update from Angry:

Those polls are left open to broad interpretation in my opinion, you could read them in different ways. My view: Obama supporters will be Obama Supporters no matter what. Clintonites will always be Clintonites, however I find it extremely hard to believe anyone would actually be more likely to endorse Hillary with involvement from Bill. That’s basically ignoring the main problem we have at hand which is poor untrustworthy leadership or lack of leadership I should say. So somehow 44% of people think Bill Clinton, the guy who lied to the American people, screwed over his wife, and pardoned everybody he possibly could to redefine the phrase “good-ole boy system” not to mention a few terrorists, former partners of his wife, relatives…..would benefit Hillary Clinton running the country?

Hell no. This just furthers the problem. So the blind(obviously being Democrats if this poll is correct) want to continue being led by the blind further into obscurity until we have no more country? I find that poll a little hard to believe. Why on earth are people so hell bent on electing a socialist who used her husband to get where she is today, I mean c’mon the obvious repetitive cheating he got caught up in, and she’s still with him? Not in today’s society. She has and always had an agenda. Political power. And now she’s using her MOTHER and her darling little daughter, trotting her out on the stage to combat Oprah of all people…..

  • The way the MSM is flogging this poll for all its worth to me simply indicates that Hillary is their candidate and the massive crowds that turned out have them spooked. You can read these polls a variety of ways. Here’s another interpretation. Oprah won’t sway voters that came out to the rallies because they are independent thinkers, not sheep like the ones following Hillary because of Bill.

    I think the MSM has an agenda to blunt Obama’s momentum because he is really revving up his challenge to Hillary and competing with her in three states and increasingly so. Obama’s campaign has been extremely smart. They don’t expect people to vote because of Oprah’s endorsement. They used Oprah’s crowd attraction powers to gain direct access to 66,000 voters in three states in one weekend. Oprah makes the pitch, their job is to close the deal. They got numbers, they got emails, they got addresses, they got volunteers, they set a Guinness World record for the largest political canvas and Obama’s volunteer army is busy making phone calls right now to every single one of those people. This pathetically shallow, half assed excuse of an analysis by the MSM completely missed the real story this weekend, which is that Barack Obama established a beachhead in the homes of 66,000 people in one weekend, 30,000 in S. Carolina alone and so far, Hillary doesn’t have a counter to that.

  • I would tend to agree since it’s difficult to judge the response from one poll.

  • Michael Jerryson

    The polls from RCP also do not back up this CBS hypothesis. Obama has strengthened himself since Oprah took to campaigning, going up from 22.5% to now over 25%. Yes, Hillary has strengthened herself as well with Bill out and about. But neither Bill’s nor Oprah’s efforts necessarily translate to a loss from the opposite camp. Bill and Oprah may be drawing on independent voters or those who were not inclined toward either candidate.

    For instance, I do not see Oprah swaying a strong Clinton supporter at the moment– and I also do not see Bill swaying a strong Obama supporter.