The public wishes Tina Fey could be the next host of “The Daily Show,” according to two separate polls.
When asked who should take the reins of the long-running Comedy Central faux news show after Jon Stewart exits later the year, respondents in polls conducted by Quinnipiac University and by Ranker.com chose the “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live” alum as their top pick.
Fey garnered 19 percent of votes in the Quinnipiac poll released Monday, while comedian and Fox News Channel personality Dennis Miller came in second place with 16 percent. HBO “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver, a former “Daily Show” correspondent, snagged 8 percent of the vote, and suspended “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams and former CBS late-night host Craig Ferguson both brought in 7 percent.
The Ranker.com poll had similar findings, with Fey topping the list and Oliver taking the runner-up spot. "Daily Show" alum Steve Carell, “Parks and Recreation’s” Amy Poehler, and comedian Lewis Black rounded out the top five slots in the website’s poll of more than 6,700 people.
The Quinnipiac choice for the “Daily Show” hosting chair appeared to be split almost evenly along partisan lines.
"Dennis Miller is the favorite of 24 percent of Republicans. Tina Fey, with her dead-on take on Sarah Palin, is the darling of 26 percent of Democrats,” poll Assistant Director Tim Malloy said.