Everybody knows that most Americans hold Congress in contempt, with the institution’s approval ratings running below 20 percent – sometimes substantially below, depending on who’s asking.
Now, one pollster has decided to go deeper in an effort to see how bad it is, comparing Congress head-to-head with various unpleasant situations and things, as well as unpopular people. The results are not pretty.
In a survey released Tuesday, Public Policy Polling found that Americans have a higher opinion of colonoscopies, 58 percent to 31 percent, than the national legislature. Traffic jams also beat out Congress for public love, 56 percent to 34 percent. Cockroaches narrowly edge representatives and senators – bugs, 45 percent, Congress, 43 percent.
Used-car salesmen and root-canal procedures also defeated Congress by hefty margins. See the entire poll here.
Good news is that Congress did beat out Lindsey Lohan, the Kardashians and the Ebola virus. So there’s that.
PPP, a Democrat-leaning firm based in Raleigh, N.C., said it surveyed 830 registered U.S. voters Jan. 3 to Jan. 6 via automated telephone interviews. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.