Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Poll: Congress less popular than cockroaches, traffic jams, Nickelback

Posted By on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Hey, girl: Were Nickelback. And were more popular than Congress.
  • Hey, girl: We're Nickelback. And we're more popular than Congress.
While we're used to goofball "polls" from men's magazines and PR firms on topics like "America's Drunkest City" or "City With America's Biggest Penises" (New Orleans is No. 1, by the way), it's not often that a legit firm like Public Policy Polling compares Congress' popularity to things like colonoscopies and Nickelback. But a survey of 830 American voters held a few days ago found that the Senate and the House of Representatives are less popular than either of those things:

When asked if they have a higher opinion of either Congress or a series of unpleasant or disliked things, voters said they had a higher opinion of root canals (32 for Congress and 56 for the dental procedure), NFL replacement refs (29-56), head lice (19-67), the rock band Nickelback (32-39), colonoscopies (31-58), Washington DC political pundits (34-37), carnies (31-39), traffic jams (34-56), cockroaches (43-45), Donald Trump (42-44), France (37-46), Genghis Khan (37-41), used-car salesmen (32-57), and Brussels sprouts (23-69) than Congress.

The good news for Congress: America's august legislative body is more popular than telemarketers, North Korea or gonorrhea. So there's that. But overall:

Congress’s overall favorability rating stands at just 9% favorable and 85% unfavorable. Women (13-81) view Congress slightly more favorably than men (6-89), as do Democrats (13-82) than Republicans (9-87), perhaps reflecting Democrats’ higher level of satisfaction with the recent fiscal cliff deal.

Get the full details here.

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