Tom Hanks is America’s Favorite Movie Star, Followed by Johnny Depp and Denzel Washington

John Wayne and Harrison Ford close out the top five

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Tom Hanks is America’s Favorite Movie Star, Followed by Johnny Depp and Denzel Washington

New York, N.Y. — His roles over the years have taken him into the past and the future, out into space and even into a child’s toy chest, and this year Tom Hanks – currently in theaters as attorney James B. Donovan in Bridge of Spies – returns to the role of America’s Favorite Movie Star. This is Hanks’ fifth time at the top of the list (with previous wins recorded in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2013) and represents a four-spot jump from the No. 5 spot last year.

Johnny Depp, most recently onscreen in an acclaimed portrayal of mobster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass, is in the No. 2 spot this year (up from No. 4 a year ago).

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll® of 2,252 U.S. adults surveyed online between December 9 and 14, 2015.

Fast (moving) Five

The next two performers on the list have both fallen two spots since last year. First, Denzel Washington – who topped the list last year but didn’t appear in any major releases in 2015 – falls to the No. 3 position. Meanwhile, the late John Wayne, who hasn’t appeared in a major release in… well, quite a bit longer, nonetheless remains a mainstay on the list; at No. 4 this year (down from No. 2), the Duke is the only person who has never dropped off of the top 10 in over two decades.

Closing out the top half of the list – and soaring from No. 9 last year to No. 5 this year – is Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford.

Repeat performances

Both the top and bottom halves of this year’s top 10 are composed of familiar faces who have spent time on this list before.

The Perfect Score

Many of these top-10 performers are garnering other strong scores as well. Perfect scores for endorsement potential, in fact. According to Nielsen Talent Analytics data, many of these stars show perfect N-Scores of 100 out of 100 among many, if not all, Americans:

The Lady Vanishes

With Sandra Bullock and Julia Roberts returning to the top 10 list this year, we thus bit a tearful adieu – at least temporarily – to two of last year’s top 10. Meryl Streep drops off the list after a No.7 showing last year, while Angelina Jolie drops off after holding the No. 10 spot last year.

Top. Men.

A great many factors seem to impact Americans’ favorite movie star selection:

 


TABLE 1

FAVORITE MOVIE STAR

“Who is your favorite movie star?”

Unprompted responses

Base: All adults

 

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Tom Hanks

5

6

7

*

*

=5

6

2

1

4

1

1

Johnny Depp

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

10

4

2

Denzel Washington

*

4

8

10

10

*

=7

8

7

9

6

*

John Wayne

2

1

2

4

2

2

2

6

6

7

7

=3

Harrison Ford

4

*

*

5

1

1

1

3

4

=5

5

=3

Sandra Bullock

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

10

10

*

*

10

Jennifer Lawrence

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Clint Eastwood

1

2

4

1

=4

4

5

7

8

8

8

6

Brad Pitt

*

*

*

*

=6

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Julia Roberts

*

*

*

*

*

8

4

1

3

2

3

5

*Not in top 10; “=” prior to a number indicates a tie

 

Base: All adults

 

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Tom Hanks

2

2

7

5

=6

4

3

1

5

1

Johnny Depp

=7

3

8

2

1

1

=4

6

4

2

Denzel Washington

1

1

1

3

2

=2

1

2

1

3

John Wayne

3

6

=3

7

3

5

6

7

2

4

Harrison Ford

10

*

5

*

4

8

8

*

9

5

Sandra Bullock

*

9

*

4

10

7

*

5

*

6

Jennifer Lawrence

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

3

=7

7

Clint Eastwood

1

*

2

1

9

=2

2

8

6

8

Brad Pitt

*

*

*

*

*

*

=4

=9

3

=9

Julia Roberts

=5

4

6

10

=6

*

*

4

*

=9

*Not in top 10.

“=” prior to a number indicates a tie

 

DROPPED OUT OF TOP 10 IN 2014

Meryl Streep (=7) and Angelina Jolie (10) 


TABLE 2

WHICH MOVIE STARS ARE IN THE TOP THREE AMONG DIFFERENT GROUPS?

Group

FIRST CHOICE

SECOND CHOICE

THIRD CHOICE

Men

John Wayne

Harrison Ford

Tom Hanks

Women

Johnny Depp

Sandra Bullock

Denzel Washington/ Jennifer Lawrence/ Tom Hanks (TIE)

 

 

 

 

Republican

John Wayne

Clint Eastwood/Tom Hanks (TIE)

Democrat

Denzel Washington

Tom Hanks

Will Smith

Independent

Harrison Ford

Johnny Depp

Sandra Bullock

 

 

 

 

Conservative

John Wayne

Tom Hanks

Clint Eastwood/ Harrison Ford (TIE)

Moderate

Johnny Depp

Tom Hanks

Denzel Washington

Liberal

Denzel Washington

Johnny Depp

Tom Hanks

 

 

 

 

Millennials (18-35)

Johnny Depp

Jennifer Lawrence

Adam Sandler

Gen X (36-50)

Harrison Ford

Sandra Bullock/Tom Hanks (TIE)

Baby Boomers (51-69)

Tom Hanks

Denzel Washington

John Wayne

Matures (70+)

John Wayne

Meryl Streep

Tom Hanks

 

 

 

 

East

Harrison Ford

Denzel Washington/Jennifer Lawrence (TIE)

Midwest

Denzel Washington

Harrison Ford

Sandra Bullock

South

Johnny Depp

Denzel Washington/John Wayne (TIE)

West

Tom Hanks

John Wayne

Harrison Ford

 

 

 

 

Urban

Denzel Washington

Harrison Ford

John Wayne

Suburban

Tom Hanks

Jennifer Lawrence

Denzel Washington

Rural

Johnny Depp

John Wayne

Jason Statham


Methodology

This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between December 9 and 14, 2015 among 2,252 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. 

All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, The Harris Poll avoids the words “margin of error” as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.

Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Poll surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in our panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

These statements conform to the principles of disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

The results of this Harris Poll may not be used in advertising, marketing or promotion without the prior written permission of The Harris Poll.

The Harris Poll® #9, January 28, 2016

By Larry Shannon-Missal, Managing Editor, The Harris Poll

About Nielsen N-Score:

N-Score is Nielsen’s syndicated tool for evaluating the endorsement potential for personalities across the Sports, Television, Film, Music, Book Publishing and Radio industries. Approximately 1,000 U.S. consumers who are representative of the U.S. population are surveyed on a weekly basis (English-only) where they are asked to assess 50 different personalities. A personality’s total “N-Score” is then determined using a proprietary calculation incorporating a personality’s awareness and likeability along with 10 other attributes. Nielsen N-Score survey data are then linked to other Nielsen solutions to produce additional segmentation and demographic information (i.e. Nielsen Talent Analytics).

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