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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Could Beat Donald Trump in 2020, Poll Says

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If Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson really does launch a political career, he could probably beat President Donald Trump in 2020, a new poll released on Tuesday shows. The wrestler-turned-actor earned the support of 42 percent of those polled by Public Policy Polling.

The poll found that 36 percent of respondents had a favorable view of The Rock, while 13 percent had an unfavorable view. However, half of those polled weren’t sure what to think of Johnson.

Dwayne Johnson Favorability
Favorable View 36
Unfavorable View 13
Not Sure 50

When pitted against Trump, Johnson earned 42 percent while Trump earned 37 percent. Twenty-one percent of those polled weren’t sure who they would vote for in that scenario. When broken down by gender, The Rock beats Trump among women, 42-39 percent, while Trump wins among men, 42-39.

Dwayne Johnson vs. Donald Trump in 2020
Dwayne Johnson 42
Donald Trump 37
Not Sure 21

When broken down by party, Trump overwhelmingly keeps his support among Republicans. Only 20 percent of Republicans would vote for Johnson, while 64 percent of Democrats would.

The PPP poll was conducted over the phone and online between May 12 and May 14, with 692 registered voters responding. The margin of error was +/- 3.7 percent. You can find other results from the poll here.

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The reason why PPP asked about people’s opinions of Johnson is because he has flirted with running for political office on multiple occasions, as recently as this month. Back in July, Johnson told Good Morning America that a political future for the actor is “very real.”

In a May interview with British QG, Johnson said he hadn’t ruled politics out and called the thought of being a governor or president is “alluring.”

Then in an interview with GQ this month, Johnson said running for president is a “real possibility.”

“A year ago, it started coming up more and more,” Johnson told GQ. “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!’”

The Rock is a registered Republican, but he clearly has broad appeal, even among Democrats. Last year, he avoided endorsing a candidate. In 2000, he famously appeared at both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

“Personally, I feel that if I were president, poise would be important,” Johnson told GQ. “Leadership would be important. Taking responsibility for everybody. [If I didn’t agree with someone] on something, I wouldn’t shut them out. I would actually include them. The first thing we’d do is we’d come and sit down and we’d talk about it. It’s hard to categorize right now how I think he’s doing, other than to tell you how I would operate, what I would like to see.”

If Johnson doesn’t run for president, he always has his highly successful movie career to fall back on. This year, he was already seen in The Fate of the Furious and is back in theaters on May 25 with Baywatch. He’ll also be seen in December’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. The 45-year-old Johnson, who was born in Hayward, California, was the highest-paid actor in the world in 2016, earning $64.5 million, Forbes reports.

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    • FORMAL CLASSICAL ASCRIPTION OF IDIOS
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      The Greek morpheme, idios (from the Greek, ἴδιος… for one’s own, personal, private!) is an expression that has been sorely abused, and misused, over centuries of “pejorative ascriptions” by countless thoughtless souls! The Greek “idios”, refers… PURELY!… to “one’s individuality”, or “one’s membership in the family of individuals”! To have subsumed this expression within the “pejorative ascriptions” that bend… yea, break!… the simple “linguistic morphemic narrative” of the word for “personal” and “individual”, is to impose an informal semantic colloquialism– indeed, slang!– that was never originally a part of the original “FORMAL ASCRIPTION” of/ for this term!
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      For example, the Greek suffixal morphemic element “-sis”, pertains to the “state”, “condition”, or “process” of something! When added to the term idios, we get the term IDIOSIS… i.e., the “state”, “condition”, or “process” of “one’s own person” or “one’s own individuality”! And!… when adding the adjectival suffixal morphemic element of -sis (i.e., “-tic”!… for “PERTAINING TO” the “state”, “condition”, or “process” of “one’s own person” or “one’s own individuality”!) to idios (creating “IDIOTIC”!), we run into a contemporary “pejorative ascription”, that has NOTHING TO DO with the proper interpretation of “idiotic”!
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      According to the Bauer-Danker Lexicon, the noun ίδιωτής in ancient Greek, meant, “civilian (ref Josephus Bell 2 178)”/ “private citizen (ref sb 3924 9 25)”! What we’ve recieved, instead!… however!… is an informal “pejorative colloquial/ slang semantic ascription” for this term, that imposes a meaning that was never a part of the CLASSICAL FORMAL NEOLOGISM! And compounding this etymologic confusion, are the problems associated with an attempt to add the Greek suffixal morphemic elements, -is, and variants of etes (for agent!… and agency!)– such as, -et, -ete, -tes, -te, and even -t!– to idios! And so… when removing/ replacing the suffixal morphemic character -s from idios, and attempting to add the suffixal morphemic element -t (again… for agent, and agency!), we also run into this “pejorative ascription”!… rather, than a CLASSICAL NORMAL ASCRIPTION, that reads, “an agent of one’s own person, or individuality”, or the “agency of one’s own person, or individuality”! And further, although one may simply add the suffixal morphemic element -ic (for “pertaining to”!… from the Greek, ik-os!… a softened, and clipped version of “ik-os” [the removed -os, referring to that which is “characteristic of”, or “abounding in”!]!) to idios (to form “idiot”!… i.e., “pertaining to one’s own person, or one’s own individuality”!)!… the ensuing imposed/ juxtaposed pejorative colloquial/ slang, has led to an inability to incorporate other simple suffixal morphemic elements which are based upon this CLASSICAL FORMAL USE of idios!… and, has meant the loss of several fundamental classical formal ascriptions for this term! And!… which would have– and, could have!– promulgated our historic, and contemporary knowledge and understanding of the notion of the PERSON!… the INDIVIDUAL! An utterly regretable loss!… and all due, unfortunately, to our preoccupation with pejorative ascriptions! That is!… thus far!
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      And so!… yes!… the Rock is an “individual”!… and, his potential future Governance could be said to include, his “personal, or individual Governance”!
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      Please!… no emails!