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Oprah Doesn't Get an Obama Bump

Oprah Doesn't Get an Obama Bump

Oprah may have gotten the raw end of the Barack Obama endorsement. Politico chronicled the almost instant dive in Oprah's likability ratings since she endorsed Obama. Apparently pollsters have been scientifically gathering public opinion of Oprah for decades, just like they do for world leaders.

In January 2007, 74 percent of Americans had a favorable impression of the queen of daytime television, a sky high number she had sustained for years. Well, when Oprah endorsed Obama in August 2007 her numbers slipped to 66 percent. When she began to stump for Obama in December 2007, they dropped again to 55 percent, her lowest rating ever.

While Oprah's soaring popularity had no where to go but down, the fact that her numbers began to dip right after she dipped into politics signals some connection. Can you admire Oprah's decision to express something she's passionate about even if you don't agree with her politics? Would Oprah be more popular if she pretended not to have an opinion just like everyone else?


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picklehead picklehead 9 years
I just wanted to say that I wish Americans weren't so 'uneducated' and could see Obamah for WHAT he is! what kind of people are we going to let control our country if they vote his way! He is muslim, and wont salute our flag, turning his back while we had our hands on our hearts? and they want him to run our county?? Where do Americans draw the line? Or isn't their a line anymore?
ladychaos ladychaos 9 years
Ok, so since everybody hates Oprah for endorsing Obama, maybe we should hate Ellen for endorsing Hillary. Let me point out a few things: 1. American people are so shallow that they will blindly follow in the footsteps of any rich person or celebrity and do anything they say or do that doesn't seem too much out of the norm. Think about it...the average person didn't think about plastic surgery until celebrities and rich people started doing it. 2. American people are even more shallow because there is a large number of people who could care less about politics. I'm not saying be obsessed with them...but at least know something about who's running your country...and don't just go with the familiar face/name. Try to read up on candidates...they have bios and their policies listed all over the web. 3. For the simple fact that people are so shallow that they would stop liking Oprah because she supported "the black candidate" for whatever reason she may have, whether it personal bias or something else...that's showing how much America has progressed in the last 50 years. You don't hear people saying "Oh, Ellen is only supporting Hillary because she's a gay white feminist"... Seriously, people get a clue. I'm sorry if you don't like what I'm saying, but someone needs to say it.
melissacwalker melissacwalker 9 years
oh, let her do what she wants to. her endorsement certainly didn't dampen my opinion of the good things she's done (though, admittedly, it might have if she'd been stumping for mccain).
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Having watched some of her crud on youtube, I am thinking her fade isn't so much from her endorsement of Obama, but her anti-Christian theology she sprouts in her church. She may have a membership in the millions, but she is losing billions of Christians....
bizzy bizzy 9 years
Oprah lost me several years ago when she became too full of herself. But, when she endorsed Obama, the primary became all about race. She has never endorsed a political candidate, and for her to endorse Obama before interviewing other candidates is irresponsible for someone with her reach. Has anyone noticed how she has faded into the background since the Rev. Wright issue surfaced? Not only did she at one time belong to the very same church, but she now knows that women, her bread and butter, are not very happy with the free pass that has been given to Obama.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I love The Soup! Joel is hysterical. I got to meet him at a charity fund raiser one time, and he is SO TALL! Very friendly and genuine.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I stopped liking Oprah about 10 years ago, i dont know why exactly she just started equaling douche commercial status of annoyance, that and I had a subscription to her magazine (christmas gift, thanks aunt linda) and it was completely awful.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Joel IS hot! I love when he dresses up like the nurse! Then again... after a few months without my husband, all of a sudden EVERYONE is hot!
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
I love the Soup too! Joel McHale is hot. Especially when he ties up his t-shirt in a knot to do a character.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Jillness I *LOVE* the Soup!! Best. show. ever. :)
piper23 piper23 9 years
A tard indeed! I really enjoy watching her show - especially the Dr. Oz shows. I learn a lot by watching him. She also introduced me to my new favorite product - Spanx! So yeah, she's helped me out a lot in the baby weight department.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Well the sad fact of the matter is yes she would be more popular if she had kept her opinions to herself. But people who criticise her have to keep in mind that they are disagreeing with her on a political point and a political point only. This has nothing to do with the benefits that she has brought to our society through her TV show and charity projects domestic and international. If one is so foolish to white wash her whole persona based on a point of political disagreement than they're a tard.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
HAs anyone seen the "Oprah's Vajajay" segment on The Soup? Cracks me up, and disturbs me all at the same time! I do think it says something that she has had her platform for so long, and this is the first time she has endorsed a candidate. Obviously it meant something to her, but I guess not to her audience!
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I liked Obama before Oprah endorsed him. I liked Oprah a bit before she endorsed him but never watched her show, and that hasn't really changed. I think she is a brilliant woman who has worked hard and really made strides for women. I think that she gives a lot to communities and the underpriviledged, and I respect that. I hate Dr. Phil, and I don't know why she would support someone like him. I think her ratings dive is also connected to Ellen. Ellen's show has been doing very, very well recently. I think Ellen's popularity hurts O's, but that is show biz! You can only stay on top for so long, and Oprah's been on top of her field for around 15 years now.
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
Secretary of You Go Girl . . . nice.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
who is Carmelo Anthony? I've never heard of him!
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
cabaker I couldn't care less about her personal life but it's the whole sor of quasi-worship she gets for being charitable ll. I mean was it necessary to know they donated 8 million like seriously come on now, I got one word to say about that and that is REBATE. The year before that everyone was kissing their behinds about their donations but Carmelo Anthony was the biggest celeb donor I don't hear one word being mentioned about his work. I'm sorry and I'm done now but it just grinds my gears!
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
hahah nya! thats an awesome rant!
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
cabaker she drives me up the bloody wall everyone is like oooh wow she's so amazing she's gone to see the refugees, wow and i'm like b!tch please so what she shouldn't be like the freaking dalai lama cos she went to see a refugee camp for a few hours then went back to her luxurious digs afterwards. There are people who do that 24/7 365 days a year and risk their lives and some die doing so.Everyone fawns over every little word she has to say like oprah and it drives me up the wall. I can't stand her!!!! I just can't. I mean jeez oprah does a lot for charity but that doesn't stop people dissing her but just because AJ has adopted orphans from the 3rd world and happens to drop by 3rd world countries that makes her contribution greater?
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
not that I think 18 year olds are idiots. There are plenty of mature young people who have been working hard since they were old enough to.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
just because they shove their choices in our faces doesn't mean we have to listen to them, though. I'm not going to do everything Oprah says anymore than I'm going to listen to an 18 year old actress (who jumped into the water with dolphins in Japan) deliberate whether she likes Obama or Hillary. The only reason it's scary is because so many people can't separate celebrity from reality. They hear their fave celeb say something, and suddenly it's part of their mantra. Someone says somethign they don't like, and they start to dislike that celebrity. Or a celeb they already dislike talks about something, and they adopt the opposite opinion. Celebs live in a different world, separate from the average person and their concerns. Whether or not they came from nothing (Po' as Oprah says), it's just a different reality. So yeah, i'd like them to shut up, but on the other hand I don't have to listen.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
haha nica! nya - why do you hate angelina?!
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
I don't believe in celebrity endorsements or any particular charitable venture they might be involved in because people should not be doing something cos celebs told them to do it and what gives celebrities the right to shove their choices in our faces. They certainly aren't more educated than us any I think Oprah is just a b!tch so whatever. I'm with you nicachica she's so self-righteous and full of self importance it's so damn annoying!!! Angelina Jolie is next on my list.
nicachica nicachica 9 years
haha...i think this is one issue all Citizen readers can FINALLY agree on...Oprah is annoying as h*ll and we're not going to take it anymore! who's with me???
nicachica nicachica 9 years
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