Congress hit new lows in a recent Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey that found even cockroaches and colonoscopies more appealing than the legislative body, but still managed to beat the Kardashians in the popularity poll released Wednesday.
PPP contacted 830 American voters from Jan. 3 to 6 through automated telephone interviews, and the margin of error for the apolitical, independently funded survey was +/- 3.4 percentage points.
The results of the survey show more popular than Congress: root canals, NFL replacement referees, head lice, Canadian rock band Nickelback, colonoscopies, carnies (that is, carnival employees), traffic jams, Donald Trump, France, Genghis Khan, used-car salesmen, Washington political pundits and brussels sprouts.
"It's gross to have lice, but at least they can be removed in a way that, given the recent reelection rates, members of Congress evidently can't. When you're less popular than cockroaches, Genghis Khan, traffic jams, and yes even Nickelback, well, it might be time to reevaluate." the PPP press release said.
The 112th Congress has been described as “one of the least productive in more than 60 years.” The latest figures are unprecedented — a paltry 9% favorability rating (and 85% unfavorable) overall — and the PPP survey cites the “historically unproductive 112th session and a series of last-minute showdowns over fiscal matters” as the likely culprit.
“We all know Congress is unpopular,” said PPP president Dean Debnam. “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.”
For the record, lice were favored over Congress by 67 to 19 percent.
It wasn’t all bad news for Congress. It managed to beat out lobbyists, telemarketers, North Korea, Lindsay Lohan, playground bullies, Fidel Castro, meth labs, communism, gonorrhea, the Ebola virus and the Kardashians.
Congress beat the Kardashians, 49 percent to 36 percent.