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Darth Vader, the leader of the Internet Party of Ukraine, looks at a child in a pram at a street market near the Ukrainian Central Elections Commission in Kiev. He could win the US Republican nominationReuters

You know you have work ahead of you when Hollywood's most evil characters are more popular than you in a presidential poll. That's just the case for many Republican candidates, who trailed behind several villains in an unprecedented political poll by the Washington Post.

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A Harry Potter fan, dressed as the character Lord Voldemort, would do better than most US presidential candidatesReuters

The latest poll mashup took the latest results of the Washington Post-ABC News survey and Quinnipiac polls and compared them to a survey conducted by the Post of Internet users and their feelings towards four of Hollywood's biggest villains: The Terminator, Darth Vader, The Shark from Jaws and Voldemort.

In an unsurprising turn, all four villains scored better than most of the Republican candidates. The Terminator, Darth Vader and the Jaws's shark scored better than all candidates, including President Barack Obama and the Democratic contenders.

Meanwhile, He Who Must Not Be Named scored a higher net favourability than many in the GOP, including declared candidates Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum and likely candidates Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and Donald Trump.

According to the Washington Post, the real-world polls reveal that a vast majority of presidential candidates are scoring negative favourability scores.

Only one, Democrat Bernie Sanders, scored a (+1) but the Post attributes that to him being largely unknown by the American public.

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Arnie as the T-800 Terminator.He'll be back... as presidentColombia Pictures

Unlike Voldemort, the evil wizard who killed hundreds in the Harry Potter series, real estate mogul Trump scored the lowest among all those polled, with a (-56) favourability rating. He is followed not so closely behind by New Jersey Governor Christie with a (-26) favourability score.

Topping the list with the highest favourabiity score is the Terminator, who was played by actor-turned-Republican governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Terminator, who later became a good guy in the film series, scored nearly (+20) in the poll.