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Darth Vader is polling higher than all potential 2016 presidential candidates

By Christopher Ingraham | July 23, 2014
The Washington Post

On Tuesday FiveThirtyEight released the results of a poll of Americans' opinions on the "Star Wars" universe. Not surprisingly, Jar Jar Binks is the most reviled character in the series. As Walt Hickey notes, the Gungan from Naboo posted lower favorability numbers than Emperor Palpatine, "the actual personification of evil in the galaxy."

On the other hand, with a net favorability of -8, Jar Jar is considerably more popular than the U.S. Congress, which currently enjoys a net favorability rating of -65. In fact, the last time congressional net favorability was above that was February 2005. Incidentally this was just before the release date of "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith," which marked Jar Jar's last appearance on the big screen.

But picking on Congress' unpopularity is a bit like beating a dead tauntaun. After all, the legislative branch has been less popular than lice, brussels sprouts and Nickelback for some time now. What if we compared the favorability of 2016 presidential hopefuls and other political leaders with that of "Star Wars" characters?

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The problems with Episodes 1, 2 and 3 in the star wars series

The problems with episodes 1, 2 and 3 in the start wars series are that the movies play like comic book movies. The names, of the siths and sith lord in particular are simply ridiculous. I hate to be offensive to those who would bend over for their favorite costumed hero, but the superhero movie trend of late is proof that Hollywood is TOTALLY out of ideas, the 3 most recent star wars movies are no exception to that.