Darth Vader trounces top US politicians in popularity poll

Whether running for office on Tattooine or in Washington, D.C., some of the nation's top political leaders would get walloped by Jedi, Sith lords, and even Jar Jar Binks.

Boba Fett
This guy is more liked than politicians, and he freezes people in Carbonite. Christopher MacManus/CNET

Jedi, smugglers, Sith lords, and even bounty hunters are apparently held in higher esteem than politicians vying for the White House.

The Washington Post analyzed political polls from Gallup and Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight blog, which released a poll this week measuring America's favorite (and least favorite) characters from the "Star Wars" universe.

As any "Star Wars" fan would expect, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Yoda are all universally loved and would easily beat out any member of Congress. But even Darth Vader, who chopped off his son Luke Skywalker's arm, and Boba Fett, who froze Han Solo in Carbonite, show up on the list before the top-ranking politician on the list (Hillary Clinton) pops up.

Perhaps more shockingly, Emperor Palpatine, the evil mastermind behind the Galactic Empire, comes out ahead of the likes of Congressman Paul Ryan, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and even President Obama. And Jar Jar Binks, who's universally despised even more than Palpatine, is more liked than House Speaker John Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senator Mitch McConnell, and Congress overall. Seemsa the people don't a like they'sa politicians, okee day?

Maybe it's time for us to start dreaming of a Hamill/Ford pairing for the 2016 election. The United States of the Rebellion has a nice ring to it, and "Yes, we Han!" is a pretty solid campaign slogan.

 

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