We Like Darth Vader Better Than All 2016 Candidates

Potential voters aren't pleased with their options: poll
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2015 11:32 AM CDT
We Like Darth Vader Better Than All 2016 Candidates
Darth Vader, 2016?   (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

If voting took place today, and if he could make the journey from the Death Star, Darth Vader might just be named the next president of the United States. He'd have a better chance than any of the real-life candidates at least, according to an amusing new poll from the Washington Post. The Terminator and the shark from Jaws also sit higher in net favorability rankings—based on positive ratings minus the negative ones from recent traditional polls (for the real candidates) as well as 1,000 Google users who answered questions over the weekend (for the fictional ones)—than any of the actual candidates. Bernie Sanders is the only one of the candidates to have a favorable score, though 62% of poll respondents didn't give an opinion on the senator because they didn’t know much about him.

Sanders is followed by Marco Rubio, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley, Rand Paul, and Scott Walker. Walker fared only slightly better than Voldemort, the noseless villain from Harry Potter, who in turn outranks Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Rick Santorum, Chris Christie, and Donald Trump, in that order. Trump, who 71% viewed unfavorably, scored a negative 56, far worse than Christie's negative 26. A CNN poll last week found potential voters have the most unfavorable impression of Clinton since 2001, with many doubting whether she is honest and trustworthy. The same poll found Rubio and Bush lead a tight pack, including Huckabee, Walker, Cruz, Paul, and Ben Carson, on the Republican side. (More Darth Vader stories.)

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