To the average American, what’s worse than Congress? Not a whole lot, as a revealing poll reported on by MSN Now on Oct. 9 shows. While the government shutdown, entering its second week, is a thorn in our collective backsides, the list of things that are preferable to our nation’s legislators include an actual pain in the you-know-where: Hemorrhoids.
The survey, conducted by the Public Policy Polling, asked individuals whether they preferred Congress to a series of “ailments, celebrities, serial killers and oft-loathed government agencies.”
While the results may be a joke of sorts, the poll clearly shows the distaste Americans currently have over the state of affairs in our ever-dysfunctional government.
Polling specialist Jim Williams said, “Our director, Tom Jensen, said ‘Let’s do a poll comparing Congress to a bunch of things people think are terrible. It’s for fun, but it’s not made up.’”
Of registered voters polled, 85 percent expressed disapproval of the job Congress is doing (or not doing as the case may be).
Here’s the breakdown, listed in order of "likes," as to some of what we prefer more:
- Jury Duty (73 prefer over Congress, 18 do not)
- DMV (58 prefer over Congress / 24 do not)
- Hemorrhoids (53 / 31)
- Anthony Weiner (50 / 23)
- Witches (46 / 32)
- IRS (42 / 33)
Congress won out in the following four comparisons:
- Charles Manson (58 prefer Congress / 18 do not)
- Vladimir Putin (49 prefer Congress / 28 do not)
- Honey Boo Boo (43 / 33)
- Miley Cyrus (36 / 31)
Other items people were asked to rate in comparison to Congress included zombies, toenail fungus, Ebola, dog poo, heroin, mother-in-laws and many others. Head over to the results page to see the full survey findings.
MSN Now commented on the hilarious poll:
“Congress was seen as less favorable than witches, zombies, toenail fungus, hemorrhoids and — gasp! — even the DMV and the IRS (and you totally know that someone at the DMV just hung that part of the survey on the breakroom fridge). But Congress still had the edge over Vladimir Putin, Charles Manson, Honey Boo Boo, the Ebola virus and heroin. Congrats, guys!”