The Rock Is Leading Donald Trump In The Polls For 2020 President
Last week Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson announced to the millions, and the millions, of his fans that there was a 'very real possibility' he could make a run for the US presidency.
But how has the US public responded to the People's Champion's announcement? Well, according to one poll he could well be delivering the Rock Bottom to President Trump come 2020.
Donald Trump has 1,344 days left in his first term as president but Public Policy Polling are already looking ahead to the next election, and following the recent scandal that claims he has given confidential information to the Russians.
According to the polling company: "Trump trails by wide margins in hypothetical match ups for reelection. He does particularly poorly against Joe Biden (54/40 deficit) and Bernie Sanders (52/39 deficit).
"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."
But forgetting those - slightly more viable - candidates, they also looked at The Rock's shot at getting into the White House and their data is pretty surprising.
He polling company added: "We also looked at Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's prospects if he were to run for President as a Democrat. 36% of voters see Johnson favorably to 13% with a negative view of him, although 50% of voters have no opinion about him either way.
"Both Democrats (38/15) and Republicans (31/17) see him positively. Johnson would lead Trump 42/37 in a prospective contest, and wins over 15% of people who supported Trump last fall."
With Johnson winning cross-party support, it seems that wrestler-turned-actor is well and truly the people's champ - and is currently ahead of Trump in the polls.
A year ago, people probably would have just shrugged their shoulders - Johnson himself probably would have done some dumbbell shrugs - at the news, but now... well, now anything is a possibility in this post-Trump world.
Especially for a guy with more than 58 million 'likes' on his official Facebook page and over 86 million followers on Instagram. By comparison, Donald Trump only has a mere 22 million Facebook fans and a paltry 6.7 million Instagram followers.
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A few days ago here at LADbible we had a little forage into the world of The Rock and set out what we thought could happen were he to run. And here's what we reckon...
1. If he got inside the ring, he'd take it seriously
He shared the article with his followers almost immediately, but then actually decided it was worth giving the idea - and his potential policies - some proper thought, saying: "I didn't want to be flippant - 'We'll have three days off for a weekend! No taxes!'" There'd be no chokehold on the economy, then...
2. He'd protect the troops
In his movies, Johnson has saved America - and the world - numerous times, and usually single-handedly. As President, he'd literally have an army at his disposal, and he wouldn't be afraid to use it. Johnson is a big fan of the US military and at the end of last year he even staged a mega-event in support of servicemen to honour the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. It was called Rock The Troops.
While we can't say for certain what his plan of action would be, we're hoping he's seen enough conflict as an actor and wrestler to not start any more wars, and just stick to looking after veterans. Wouldn't that be nice?
3. He'd look after the little people, too
With all his millions, Johnson can afford to look after those near and dear to him - for Christmas last year, he bought his dad Rocky a brand new car.
While he probably wouldn't dish out a brand new automobile for every citizen, we think he'd probably be a compassionate leader, especially since his dad had a rough life and Johnson himself grew up with little money. Plus, one of his signature wrestling moves was called The People's Elbow. What more proof do you need?
4. There would be golf...
It seems like a prerequisite - if you're going to be president, you have to love playing golf. The Rock would probably spend more time in the Oval Office than the current chap in the White House - that's not hard, after all - but he'd also be able to whoop Trump's ass across 18 holes. He claims his longest ever drive was measured at 490 yards, just 25 shy of the world record.
5. ...but he might actually be presidential
As aggressive and heavy-handed as he can be in the ring and onscreen, the real Dwayne Johnson is actually something of a thinker. He knows that it would be a tough job, and he knows there would be differences of opinion. But he's also aware that temper tantrums aren't the way forward.
"I'd like to see a better leadership," he told GQ. "I'd like to see a greater leadership. When there's a disagreement, and you have a large group of people that you're in a disagreement with - for example, the media - I feel like it informs me that I could be better." You know what? He's probably right.
You might say it's unlikely, but at the end of the day three years ago nobody would have thought Trump could become president, so I guess The Rock's in with a shot. Anyone fancy putting a bet on?
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