Cognitive Dissonance

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Congress more popular than meth labs, less popular than Nickelback

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:


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When presented with a choice between Congress or Brussels sprouts, respondents gave a higher favorable rating to Brussels sprouts (69%) versus Congress (23%).


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Survey takers had a higher opinion of lice (69%) than Congress (19%).


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Respondents held colonoscopies in higher regard (58%) than Congress (31%).


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Used car salesman beat out Congress 57% to 32%.


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Respondents had a higher opinion of actual traffic jams (56%) versus the metaphorical traffic jam of Congress (34%).


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The NFL’s much-maligned replacement refs did better than Congress by a rate of 56% to 29%.


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Root canals were chosen over Congress 56% to 32%.


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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%.


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Cockroaches have a remarkable ability to adapt to a changing environment. Perhaps this helps explain why they edge out Congress 45% to 43%.


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It was nearly a tie between the Donald and Congress for a higher opinion rating. But Trump edged out Congress 44% to 42%.


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Respondents held a higher favorable opinion of Genghis Khan (41%) versus Congress (37%).


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Carnies fared better than Congress in PPP’s popularity poll — 39% to 31%.


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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%.


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Political Pundits were favored over Congress 37% to 34%.

But all is not lost. Here’s the choices with a lower favorability than Congress:

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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.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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    I still don’t know where they find people that like Congress - must be friends, family and lobbyists
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    The headline says it all, but mostly I’m just surprised Nickelback is more popular than meth labs…
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