Seventy-three percent (73%) of Americans have read, seen or hear about recent stories about Rosie O'Donnell’s early departure from her latest TV venture--"The View" O'Donnell, an outspoken and well publicized Democrat, is viewed favorably by just 25% of Americans (including just 33% of Democrats). Sixty-one percent (61%) of all Americans hold an unfavorable view of the daytime TV diva. While far from a popular endorsement, O'Donnell’s these ratings are better than those received by Hollywood bad girls Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, and Lindsay Lohan.That's not much of a comparison list. I presume she also has better ratings than Charles Manson, David Duke and Osama bin Laden.
O'Donnell quit "The View" following a recent quarrel with her co-host, Elizabeth Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck is a conservative whose views on the Iraq War have been highly criticized by O'Donnell. But, while most Americans have doubts about the War, they like Hasselbeck more than O'Donnell. Thirty-eight percent (38%) of adults express a favorable opinion of Hasselbeck, while just 27% hold an unfavorable view.That's not a bad effort given Hasselbeck is always getting shouted down in mid-sentence by the hideous, vulgar O'Donnell.
Another public figure in the O'Donnell-Hasselbeck saga is Donald Trump. The man who likes to name things after himself was recently quoted as saying "I've always said Rosie is very self destructive...As far as Elisabeth Hasselbeck, I've always said she's probably the dumbest person on television, but when she called me...obnoxious, she was probably right.""...the dumbest person on television"? Hasn't Trump ever seen Keith Olbermann? Now that Rosie is off the air Olbermann has a clear lead in the Dumbest On TV Stakes.
Still, even Trump receives better ratings than O'Donnell (but not much better). Thirty-two percent (32%) rate the mogul favorably while 54% have the opposite opinion. Men give Trump slightly better ratings than women. Rumors surfaced shortly after the latest O'Donnell-Hasselbeck eruption that the whole incident was a publicity stunt. Barbara Walters, creator of the show, denied the rumor stating, "Aunt Barbara is back, and there will be peace in the kingdom."So there you go. O'Donnell has a 61% unfavourable rating but is the darling of the DailyKos, Huffington Post crowd. That pretty much tells you how far to the left those profoundly racist, reality-challenged sites are.
Walters is seen in a more positive light than any of the other participants. Overall, 57% rate the veteran journalist favorably, while 31% give her unfavorable reviews.