It doesn’t say much for US politicians that their approval ratings rank below the characters of Star Wars…
But thanks to some clever number crunching from Walt Hickey, a writer for political statistician Nate Silver’s site FiveThirtyEight, we now have concrete proof that the likes of Darth Vader and Boba Fett are more popular than Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton.
FiveThirtyEight conducted a poll of 1200 people looking at the favourability of various Star Wars characters which produced the sort of approval ratings that our leaders can only dream of.
Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo (played in the films by Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford) all scored around 90%, as did fan favourites Obi Wan Kenobi, Yoda and R2-D2. Darth Vader scored an impressive 58% while Boba Fett and Emperor Palpatine polled 36% and 31%, respectively.
The Washington Post’s Wonkblog then took those numbers and compared them with the net favourability of US 2016 presidential candidates and political leaders and, bar Jar Jar Binks, the inhabitants of George Lucas’s galaxy far, far away all came out on top…