Congress less popular than root canals, NFL replacement refs, even Nickelback

It appears the American people are turned off by political bickering and one partisan showdown after another in Washington, D.C.

A new poll by Public Policy Polling shows just how deep in the muck Congress has sunk. A survey of more than 830 American voters earlier this week shows that voters have a higher opinion about the following over Congress:

  • Root canals (56 percent favoring root canals, 32 percent Congress)
  • NFL replacement referees (56-29)
  • Head lice (67-19)
  • The rock band Nickelback (39-32 — close call)
  • Colonoscopies (58-31)
  • Carnies (39-31)
  • Traffic jams (56-34)
  • Cockroaches (45-43)
  • Donald Trump (44-42)
  • France (46-37)
  • Genghis Khan (41-37)
  • Used-car salesmen (57-32)
  • Brussels sprouts (69-23)

In lawmakers’ defense, survey respondents did rate them higher than:

  • Telemarketers (45-35)
  • John Edwards (45-29)
  • The Kardashians (49-36)
  • Lobbyists (48-30)
  • North Korea (61-26)
  • The Ebola virus (53-25)
    Lindsay Lohan (45-41)
  • Fidel Castro (54-32)
  • Playground bullies (43-38)
  • Meth labs (60-21)
  • Communism (57-23)
  • Gonorrhea (53-28).

“We all know Congress is unpopular,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy
Polling, in a release. “But the fact that voters like it even less than cockroaches, lice, and Genghis Khan really shows how far its esteem has fallen with the American public over the last few weeks.”

For a deeper breakdown on the survey results, click the PDF link below:

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2011/PPP_Release_Natl_010813_.pdf