Star Wars more popular with men than women

December 18, 2015, 8:50 PM UTC

Men are more likely than women to say that they like Star Wars

The seventh Star Wars movie The Force Awakens will be officially released this weekend, but preview showings have already broken records. Reviews of the movie have so far been highly positive, with many drawing favorable comparisons to the most recent Star Wars movies made by George Lucas between 1999 and 2005. JJ Abrams has directed Episode VII and two more movies are already in the works.

YouGov's latest research shows that nearly two thirds of Americans (62%) say that they like Star Wars. Men (73%) are more likely than women (51%), however, to say that they like Star Wars. Women (39%) are also nearly twice as likely as men (23%) to say that they have never watched a Star Wars movie. 

69% of Americans have, however, watched a Star Wars film. When you first saw a Star Wars film depends a lot on how old you are, as younger Americans are unsurprisingly a lot more likely to have first seen the movies when they were kids. Overall, however, 35% of Americans first saw a Star Wars when they were a child and 34% first saw a Star Wars when they were already an adult. 

Most Americans either have not seen a Star Wars (31%) or have no favorite (22%) but among people with an opinion The Empire Strikes Back (18%) is the favorite followed by Return of the Jedi (14%). 

Full poll results can be found here and topline results and margin of error here.