Congress Less Popular than Cockroaches, Root Canals and Used Car Salesmen

Friday, January 11, 2013
Moulting cockroach...more popular than Congress (photo: Psychonaught, Wikipedia)

Lawmakers in Washington can at least take solace in the fact that they’re more popular than meth labs and gonorrhea.


But the fact is Congress’ popularity among voters continues to reach new lows, not just in terms of statistics but also when compared to unsavory aspects of life.


Public Policy Polling asked more than 800 respondents whom they liked more or less, and in many of the matchups, Congress lost.


Lawmakers were less popular than root canals (32% to 56%), lice (19% to 67%), colonoscopies (31% to 58%), cockroaches (43% to 45%), traffic jams (34% to 56%) and used-car salesmen (32% to 57%).


They also lost out to Donald Trump (42% to 44%) and Genghis Khan (37% to 41%).


But they did score higher than illegal drug labs and a venereal disease, as well as telemarketers, the Kardashians, lobbyists, North Korea, the ebola virus, Lindsay Lohan and communism.


Congress’s overall favorability was rated at just 9%, versus 85% unfavorable.


“We all know Congress is unpopular,” Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling, said in a prepared statement. “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.”

-Noel Brinkerhoff


To Learn More:

Congress Less Popular Than Cockroaches, Traffic Jams (Public Policy Polling)

If Used-Car Salesmen Ran Congress (by Kate Dailey, BBC News Magazine)


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