A polling company called Piplsay recently completed a project that revealed 46% of 3,000 people surveyed would support Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson if he ran for president.
Johnson commented on the polling results in an Instagram post that was published on April 10. He said:
Humbling ... I don’t think our Founding Fathers EVER envisioned a six-four, bald, tattooed, half-Black, half-Samoan, tequila drinking, pick up truck driving, fanny pack wearing guy joining their club — but if it ever happens it’d be my honor to serve you, the people.
As previously reported by the Deseret News, Johnson has been playing with the idea of a presidential bid for several years.
In a February interview with USA Today, the actor said:
I would consider a presidential run in the future if that’s what the people wanted. ... 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. I would have my finger on the pulse, my ear to the ground.
“I do have the goal to unite our country. ... I also feel that, if this (a presidential bid) is what the people want, then I will do that.” He added, “A united country, as we know, is its strongest. ... I want to see that for our country.”
In 2020, Johnson endorsed Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, Newsweek reports, though he clarified in a social media post the he considers himself a “political independent and centrist” who has voted for both Democrats and Republicans in the past.
According to the New York Post, Johnson appears regularly in segments of “Young Rock,” an NBC sitcom that’s loosely based on his childhood, as an older version of himself who’s running for president in the year 2032.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the Piplsay poll revealed that 29% of the people surveyed would not only support Johnson in a presidential bid, but they’d also endorse Matthew McConaughey if he ran for governor of Texas.
As previously reported by the Deseret News, McConaughey gave a similar response to Johnson’s remarks, when he was asked about a potential transition into politics.
“(A gubernatorial run) wouldn’t be up to me,” McConaughey said during a visit to “The Hugh Hewitt Show,” “It would be up to the people more than it would me.”