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New Poll: Nearly half of Americans think Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson should run for president

Actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson endorses Joe Biden for president. (Dwayne Johnson, Twitter/Released)
April 16, 2021

A poll released last week showed that almost half of Americans want actor and former WWE star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to run for president.

According to consumer research company Piplsay, of the 30,138 people polled across the United States from April 2-4, 46 percent said they would support Johnson’s bid for the White House.

The poll also found that 40 percent of participants would like to see both Johnson and Matthew McConaughey run for public office, a move the actor has hinted at taking in Texas.

In 2017, comedian Ellen DeGeneres asked Johnson if he would consider running for president during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“I’m seriously considering it, yes,” Johnson responded.

According to USA Today, Johnson has still not ruled out the possibility of a White House run.

“I would consider a presidential run in the future if that’s what the people wanted,” Johnson told the outlet in February. “Truly I mean that, and I’m not flippant in any way with my answer. That would be up to the people… So I would wait, and I would listen.”

He continued, “I would have my finger on the pulse, my ear to the ground.”

The poll also revealed that 39 percent of participants think celebrities could make good politicians, and 40 percent of Millenials support both Johnson and McConaughey running for public office, compared to just 37 percent of Gen Xers and 23 percent of Gen Zers.

Participants were also asked which celebrities they would most like to see run for public office, with options divided into male and female categories.

The top male choices were Tom Hanks, Will Smith, George Clooney, Leonardo Di Caprio, Harrison Ford, Robert Downey Jr. and Robert DeNiro.

The top female choices included Angelina Jolie, Oprah Winfrey, Dolly Parton, Ellen DeGeneres, Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren and Jane Fonda.

Additionally, the poll found that 51 percent of men and 49 percent of women believe celebrity opinions and endorsements have an impact on public opinion.

McConaughey has said he is thinking about running for governor of Texas in 2022, adding that it would be “an honorable thing to even be considered.”

“Well, it’s come up a lot lately. And I’m gonna say to you now the same thing I’ve been saying, which is true. It’s not a dodge. And when I say it’s something I’m giving consideration, absolutely,” McConaughey said on The Tonight Show. “What an honorable thing to even be able to consider. But that’s no further than that right now, sir.”