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%.
Democrats gave higher favorability ratings to nearly all actors, but Republicans liked Clint Eastwood more than Democrats, perhaps connected to his role in the Republican National Convention last fall. 41% of both Democrats and Republicans liked Schwarzenegger. Stars with marked partisan splits included Tom Cruise (D 47-30, R 33-44), Alec Baldwin (D 49-25, R 26-49), Sean Penn (D 57-14, R 24-50), Jane Fonda (D 60-22, R 20-59), and director Quentin Tarantino (D 44-17, R 23-26). Most others enjoyed bipartisan favorable ratings.
Sean Connery was the overwhelming choice for best James Bond portrayal at 62%, just 6% chose current 007 Daniel Craig.
The Lion King came out as most favorite Disney movie at 25%, followed by Beauty and the Beast at 15% and Bambi at 11%
Full results here.