President The Rock? Poll reveals Dwayne Johnson more popular than Donald Trump
Americans currently have a leader who starred on The Apprentice. Now, according to polling, they could get one from Baywatch.
The majority of Americans would prefer Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as president instead of Donald Trump, according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling.
Should the actor make a bid for the White House in 2020 as a Democrat, 15 per cent of people who voted for Trump in 2016 would instead flock to Johnson.
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Johnson got tongues wagging last week after an interview with GQ surfaced where he hinted that he will one day give up his movie career and run for US president.
"I think it's a real possibility," he said.
During the sit-down interview with the magazine, Johnson also took a not-so-subtle dig at Trump for being prone to emotional outbursts and holding grudges.
"We all have issues, and we all gotta work our s... out," he said. "And I feel like one of the qualities of a great leader is not shutting people out."
The poll indicates a Johnson-Trump presidential race would see The Rock would come out on top (42 per cent to 37 per cent. This is because the movie star is viewed favourably among both rusted-on Democrats and Republicans.
Even though it is early days, Trump's presidency has also been hit with a raft of controversies, including revelations he allegedly disclosed classified information to a Russian ambassador.
PPP is, to be fair, a Democrat-funded polling firm – but has been praised for its accurate political polling in the past (Donald Trump's surprise victory aside).
Even though the next US presidential race is several years away, rumours have been swirling about a raft of celebrities willing to put up their hand to battle Trump in the political ring. These include the likes of rapper Kanye West and daytime television legend Oprah Winfrey.
- Fairfax Media Australia