Lately polls have pitted Hillary Clinton against various GOP candidates to see who would take the White House. But, recent poll results from Ipsos show a new kind of political match-up. “Ipsos Calls 2016 Election for Obi Wan Kenobi.”
The poll also pitted Star Wars characters against actual candidates, including front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. It’s not just about whether it’s Hillary or Trump, Carson, or Rubio. There’s now Darth Vader, Yoda and Chewbacca to add to the list.
Some poll results focused particularly on Millennials. Younger voters would choose Darth Vader 27 percent to Donald Trump’s 18 percent. With a Yoda-Hillary match, Yoda captures 50 percent of the vote from Millennials to Hillary’s 26 percent. He also captures the general electorate at 41 percent to Hillary’s 25 percent.
While Hillary would lose to Yoda, she would fares quite well against Darth Vader, with 32 percent to the Sith Lord’s 16 percent. Yoda would also beat Trump, but a similar margin to beating Trump, with 42 percent to Trump’s 24 percent.
There would be some dead heats, as with Trump-Chewbacca for instance.
Political engagement is not an issue when it comes to the Star Wars franchise. Seventy percent of the U.S. public were able to provide a favorite character for instance.
Chris Jackson, Vice President at Ipsos Public Affairs, has a few suggestions as to why there is more interest in Star Wars candidates than actual candidates:
Whether it’s because of this week’s release of Episode 7, or general disdain among Americans with their political system, this data suggests that the Jedi Order is vastly more popular than either the Republican or Democratic Party. As we have seen in much of the political data this year, our Republic is more fractured than in recent history. However, it seems that the force could ‘surround us and bind the universe together.’