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:


Not again, Florida!

With 76 percent of the vote counted in Florida, the race for president there is virtually tied — bringing back that pit-in-the-stomach feeling of the 2000 presidential saga in the Sunshine State.

Mitt Romney currently leads Barack Obama by 2,970 votes — out of more than 6.6 million votes counted.

Please, no hanging or dimpled chads this time around.

Did Cam Newton just seal Barack Obama’s political fortunes Tuesday?

The Obama re-election campaign received some potentially bad news Sunday: The Washington Redskins lost at home.

That’s because of the Redskin Rule, an odd correlation between the NFL team in the nation’s capital and the outcome of presidential elections.

Since 1940 — the first presidential election after the Redskins began playing in Washington — if the Redskins win their last home game before Election Day, the incumbent is re-elected. If they lose, the incumbent loses.

This has proven true in 17 of 18 elections. Indeed, the only time it didn’t prove true was 2004. True believers in the Redskin Rule say that’s because of the strange outcome of the 2000 election in which Al Gore won the popular vote but George W. Bush prevailed via the Electoral College. (Re-litigating the outcome of the 2000 presidential election starts in the reader comments below.)

The Redskins lost at home Sunday to Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, 21-13, ending a five-game losing streak for the Panthers.

But as we always say here on the iSun Team, correlation does not equal causation.