Politics

Poll: The Rock Beats Trump In 2020

| by Sheena Vasani

According to a new poll, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson would beat President Trump in the 2020 election if he were to run for president as a Democrat.

Of those polled, 36 percent favored Johnson. Another 50 percent had no opinion and only 13 percent held a negative view of him, reports Public Policy Polling.

"Both Democrats (38/15) and Republicans (31/17) see him positively," the site elaborates. "Johnson would lead Trump 42/37 in a prospective contest, and wins over 15% of people who supported Trump last fall."

Johnson has said multiple times he may run for president.

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"I think that it’s a real possibility," he told Gentleman's Quarterly in May 2017 after being asked if he'd consider running for office.

"A year ago it started coming up more and more," Johnson added. "There was a real sense of earnestness, which made me go home and think, 'Let me really rethink my answer and make sure I am giving an answer that is truthful and also respectful.' I didn't want to be flippant -- 'We'll have three days off for a weekend! No taxes!'"

Even during the 2016 presidential election, Johnson showed interest in the position.

"I care DEEPLY about our county... and the idea of one day becoming President to create real positive impact and global change is very alluring," he wrote on Instagram at the time in response to Washington Post writer Alyssa Rosenberg's argument that Johnson could win. "Buuuuut until that possible day, the most important thing right now is strong honest leadership from our current and future leaders of this country."

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While many would vote for The Rock, some think that reflects Trump's disapproval ratings more than The Rock's popularity.

"Donald Trump has officially made it impossible to use the "...but they're not qualified to be President" argument... If he can be President... Literally ANYONE can... Well, ALMOST anyone can," commented one person on Uproxx's Facebook post about the polls.

"Well if Trump could win ... Then why not have the rock and Kanye. I mean it's not like this is as important as American idol," added another.

The Public Policy Poll also unearthed a range of other revealing insights supporting such claims. Some Trump supporters, for example, now prefer Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Vice President Joe Biden over Trump.

"There’s significant defection from people who voted for Trump in November in each of those match ups -- 15% of Trump voters say they’d choose Sanders over him and 14% say they’d choose Biden over him," they add.

Sources: Public Policy Polling, Gentleman's Quarterly, TheRock/Instagram, Uproxx/Facebook / Photo credit: Stewart C/Flickr

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