Recently, Public Policy Polling sought to discover just how low the public’s opinion of Congress had fallen, testing the popularity of the U.S. Congress against twenty-six different, typically unpopular things. We all know that the American people have a less-than-favorable opinion of Congress (9% favorable and 85% unfavorable), but damn. The results weren’t pretty.
Here’s the outcome of PPP’s survey, in a handy illustrated form, from most to least popular thing:
When presented with a choice between Congress or Brussels sprouts, respondents gave a higher favorable rating to Brussels sprouts (69%) versus Congress (23%).
Survey takers had a higher opinion of lice (69%) than Congress (19%).
Respondents held colonoscopies in higher regard (58%) than Congress (31%).
Used car salesman beat out Congress 57% to 32%.
Respondents had a higher opinion of actual traffic jams (56%) versus the metaphorical traffic jam of Congress (34%).
The NFL’s much-maligned replacement refs did better than Congress by a rate of 56% to 29%.
Root canals were chosen over Congress 56% to 32%.
The perceived snub launching “freedom fries” must be forgiven — 46% of people held a higher opinion of France, while Congress received a favorable rating of 37%.
Cockroaches have a remarkable ability to adapt to a changing environment. Perhaps this helps explain why they edge out Congress 45% to 43%.
It was nearly a tie between the Donald and Congress for a higher opinion rating. But Trump edged out Congress 44% to 42%.
Respondents held a higher favorable opinion of Genghis Khan (41%) versus Congress (37%).
Carnies fared better than Congress in PPP’s popularity poll — 39% to 31%.
I know, right? But PPP assures us that 39% of people hold a higher opinion of Nickelback than Congress. Respondents held Congress in higher esteem than the Canadian scourge at a rate of 32%.
Political Pundits were favored over Congress 37% to 34%.
But all is not lost. Here’s the choices with a lower favorability than Congress:
As PPP explains:
Congress did manage to beat out 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), and gonorrhea (53-28).
Job well done, 112th Congress.
113th Congress, you’ve got some big shoes to fill.