Johnny Depp is America’s Favorite Actor, While Denzel Washington is Number 2

    New York, N.Y. – January 12, 2011 – It’s red carpet season and the stars are getting ready for the Golden Globes and the Oscars. Some movie stars are more loved than others and this year, America’s favorite movie star is Captain Jack himself, Johnny Depp who moves up from being number 2 last year. Denzel Washington also moves up one notch this year from number 3 to number 2. And the Duke, John Wayne, moves from number 7 to number 3. John Wayne also has the distinction of being the only actor to be on this list every year since 1994.

    These are some of the results of The Harris Poll® of 2,331 adults surveyed online between December 6 and 13, 2010 by Harris Interactive®.

    The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

    Returning to the list after a one year absence is Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford in the number 4 spot. Also returning to the list is Lara Croft or Angelina Jolie in the number 5 spot. Forrest Gump or rather Tom Hanks is tied for 6th on the America’s favorite actor list. They shared the screen in Ocean’s 11 and they also share the 6th place with Tom Hanks – George Clooney and Julia Roberts are also tied for number 6.

    Last year’s number one, Clint Eastwood, drops 8 spots this year and is on the list at number 9. Rounding out the top ten is Miss Congeniality, Sandra Bullock at the number 10 spot, a drop from number 4 last year.

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

    This year there are two additions to the list from last year, which means that two actors have dropped out of the top ten. Last year she was in Julie and Julia, but this year Meryl Streep drops from the number 8 spot to out of the top ten. Morgan Freeman was in the 9th spot last year, but this year is off the top ten as well.

    Analyze This

    Depending on how old you are, where you live and your political leanings, you have different favorite actors. Men cite Denzel Washington as their favorite while women say it is Johnny Depp. Echo Boomers (those aged 18-33) say Johnny Depp is their favorite actor while for both Gen Xers (aged 34-45) and Baby Boomers (aged 46-64) it is Denzel and for Matures (those aged 65 and older), John Wayne is their favorite actor.

    Westerners are a region that stands alone. Those who live in the East, Midwest and South all say Denzel Washington is their favorite while for Westerners, their favorite is Johnny Depp. Johnny Depp is also the favorite actor for both Republicans and Independents, but Democrats say Denzel Washington is their favorite actor. Political ideology shows differences as well with Liberals citing Johnny Depp as their favorite actor, Moderates saying it is Denzel Washington and for Conservatives John Wayne is their favorite.

     

    TABLE 1

    FAVORITE MOVIE STAR

    Who is your favorite movie star?

    Unprompted responses

    Base: All adults

    1994

    1995

    1996

    1997

    1998

    1999

    2000

    2001

    Johnny Depp

    *

    *

    *

    *

    *

    *

    *

    *

    Denzel Washington

    *

    4

    8

    10

    10

    *

    =7

    8

    John Wayne

    2

    1

    2

    4

    2

    2

    2

    6

    Harrison Ford

    4

    *

    *

    5

    1

    1

    1

    3

    Angelina Jolie

    *

    *

    *

    *

    *

    *

    *

    *

    Tom Hanks

    5

    6

    7

    *

    *

    =5

    6

    2

    George Clooney

    *

    *

    *

    *

    *

    *

    *

    *

    Julia Roberts

    *

    *

    *

    *

    *

    8

    4

    1

    Clint Eastwood

    1

    2

    4

    1

    =4

    4

    5

    7

    Sandra Bullock

    *

    *

    *

    *

    *

    *

    *

    10

    *Not in top 10.

    = prior to a number indicates a tie

     

    TABLE 1, continued

    FAVORITE MOVIE STAR

    Who is your favorite movie star?

    Unprompted responses

    Base: All adults

    2002

    2003

    2004

    2005

    2006

    2007

    2008

    2009

    2010

    Johnny Depp

    *

    10

    4

    2

    =7

    3

    8

    2

    1

    Denzel Washington

    7

    9

    6

     

    1

    1

    1

    3

    2

    John Wayne

    6

    7

    7

    =3

    3

    6

    =3

    7

    3

    Harrison Ford

    4

    =5

    5

    =3

    10

    *

    5

     *

    4

    Angelina Jolie

    *

    *

    *

    *

    *

    *

    =9

     *

    5

    Tom Hanks

    1

    4

    1

    1

    2

    2

    7

    5

    =6

    George Clooney

    *

    *

    10

    8

    9

    *

    *

    6

    =6

    Julia Roberts

    3

    2

    3

    5

    =5

    4

    6

    10

    =6

    Clint Eastwood

    8

    8

    8

    6

    1

    *

    2

    1

    9

    Sandra Bullock

    10

    *

    *

    10

    *

    9

    *

    4

    10

    *Not in top 10.

    = prior to a number indicates a tie

    DROPPED OUT OF TOP 10 IN 2010

    Meryl Streep (#8) and Morgan Freeman (#9)

     

    TABLE 2

    WHICH MOVIE STAR IS #1 AMONG DIFFERENT GROUPS?

    Group

    Favorite Movie Star

    Men

    Denzel Washington

    Women

    Johnny Depp

    Republican

    Johnny Depp

    Democrat

    Denzel Washington

    Independent

    Johnny Depp

    Conservative

    John Wayne

    Moderate

    Denzel Washington

    Liberal

    Johnny Depp

    Echo Boomers (18-33)

    Johnny Depp

    Gen X (34-45)

    Denzel Washington

    Baby Boomers (46-64)

    Denzel Washington

    Matures (65+)

    John Wayne

    East

    Denzel Washington

    Midwest

    Denzel Washington

    South

    Denzel Washington

    West

    Johnny Depp

     

    Methodology

    This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between December 6 to 13, 2010 among 2,331 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.

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    The Harris Poll® #4, January 12, 2011

    By Regina A. Corso, SVP, Harris Poll, Public Relations and Youth Research, Harris Interactive