Raleigh, N.C. – Tom Hanks was America’s best-liked movie star on our poll this week, with 79% of respondents favorable and just 6% unfavorable. Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, and Clint Eastwood were right behind with support from three-quarters of respondents. Meryl Streep was the next highest, and the favorite female of the list, with 72% favorability. Halle Berry came in second for female actors with 63%
favorability. At the bottom of the overall list were Borat with a 16-45 favorability rating and Pee Wee Herman, 19% favorable, 58% unfavorable.
Folks had mixed feelings about the casting of Ben Affleck as the new Batman; 30% approved and 21% disapproved, while 49% said they’re not sure. Women viewed the choice favorably (37-13) while men were disapproving (23-29). Affleck’s personal favorability overall 45-19. In other Batman polling: Christian Bale and Michael Keaton were tied for favorite portrayal of Batman, each receiving 25% of the vote. Adam West
came in third with 19%. Batman was also respondents’ favorite superhero movie franchise, receiving 25%. Iron Man was second at 18%.