Oprah's Popularity Takes a Hit; Obama to Blame? : News & Views Oprah takes a hit over her support of Obama.

Oprah's Popularity Takes a Hit; Obama to Blame?

Oprah Winfrey addresses an Obama rally in February 2008. Valerie Macon, AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Queen of Daytime Talk may need to straighten up her crown. A handful of public perception polls show Oprah Winfrey's favorability ratings on the decline -- and some are linking it to her public support of Barack Obama.

On May 1, 2007, Oprah -- who had never before endorsed a political candidate -- announced her support of Obama on CNN's Larry King Live. Here's more from Politico.com:

"Almost instantly, Oprah's popularity in America plummeted. An August 2007 CBS News poll showed only 61 percent of Americans were favorably disposed to her -- a considerable drop of 13 percentage points from a similar survey conducted just seven months prior. An October 2007 Gallup/USA Today poll that showed Oprah with a slightly higher 66 percent favorability still reflected a drop.

But by the time Fox News/Opinion Dynamics asked Americans about their attitudes toward Oprah in a survey conducted about 10 days later, Dec. 18-19, Oprah's favorability ratings had dropped even further -- to 55 percent -- the lowest level of favorability ever registered for Oprah in opinion surveys. Oprah's negatives also spiked, with one in three respondents (33 percent) reporting unfavorable impressions of her.

The results of a March 26, 2008, AOL Television popularity poll of television hosts reveal Americans may now embrace Ellen DeGeneres over Oprah by a wide margin."

What do you think? Is it an Obama backlash? Or is something else at play here?

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