Congress’ approval ratings are low enough that they trail even the least popular character in the Star Wars franchise, the Huffington Post reported.
A survey by online pollster Nate Silver’s site FiveThirtyEight.com determined that Jar Jar Binks, who appeared in Episode I: The Phantom Menace, was disliked by 37 percent of respondent, compared to 29 percent who said they had a “favorable” view of the character, resulting in a net rating of -8.
But by comparison, a Post analysis of 578 different surveys found that Congress had a -57 net rating, thanks to a 69 percent disapproval rate, with only 12 percent of respondents saying they approved of legislators’ performance.
The character of Binks, who was included in the Star Wars prequel trilogy by creator George Lucas to appeal to the films’ younger viewers, was criticized for allegedly being based around racist stereotypes. FiveThirtyEight noted that he was less popular than not only well-regarded villains like Darth Vader and Boba Fett, but the original film series’ ultimate antagonist, Emperor Palpatine (Ian Holm).
The FiveThirtyEight poll also found that Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) edged Han Solo (Harrison Ford) as the most well-received character by the slimmest of margins. Skywalker garnered a 93 percent “favorable” rating, compared to 92 percent for Solo.
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