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Subject:  Cockroaches vs. Congress Date:  1/9/2013  6:02 PM
Author:  mcbdds Number:  665451 of 876381

Congress somewhere below cockroaches, traffic jams, and Nickelback in Americans' esteem

Our newest national poll finds that Congress only has a 9% favorability rating with 85% of voters viewing it in a negative light......So we decided to take a different approach and test Congress' popularity against 26 different things. And what we found is that Congress is less popular than cockroaches, traffic jams, and even Nickelback.

Here's what we found:

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: Lice 67 Congress 19

Brussel sprouts may have been disgusting as a kid, but evidently they're now a lot less disgusting than Congress: Brussel Sprouts 69 Congress 23

The NFL replacement refs may have screwed everything up, but voters think Congress is screwing everything up even worse: Replacement Refs 56 Congressmen 29 (the breakdown among Packers fans might be a little bit different).

Colonoscopies are not a terribly pleasant experience but at least they have some redeeming value that most voters aren't seeing in Congress: Colonoscopies 58 Congress 31

And you can make the same point about root canals: Root Canals 56 Congress 32

You might get a bad deal from a used car salesmen, but voters evidently think they're getting an even worse deal from Congress: Used Car Salesmen 57 Congress 32

Being stuff in traffic sucks, but voters are even less happy about being stuck with this Congress: Traffic Jams 56 Congress 34

America might have had to bail out France multiple times over the years but voters still have a more charitable opinion of it than Congress: France 46 Congress 37

Carnies may use loaded dice, but voters still think they have a better chance of winning with them than Congress: Carnies 39 Congress 31

It may be true that everyone hates Nickelback, but apparently everyone hates Congress even more: Nickelback 39 Congress 32

Genghis Khan did a lot of bad stuff but I guess it's faded from voters' minds in a way that Congress' recent misdeeds haven't: Genghis Khan 41 Congress 37

DC political pundits and Donald Trump aren't held in very high esteem by the population, but they still both manage to just barely edge Congress:
DC political pundits 37 Congress 34
Donald Trump 44 Congress 42

Cockroaches are a pretty good reason to call the exterminator but voters might be even more concerned if their homes were infested with members of Congress: Cockroaches 45 Congress 43.

Not to dwell on the obvious and to maintain some balance:

The Silver Lining

By relatively close margins [ Congress ] beats out:
Lindsey Lohan (45/41),
playground bullies (43/38),
telemarketers (45/35).
the Kardashians (49/36),
John Edwards (45/29),
lobbyists (48/30),
Fidel Castro (54/32),
Gonorrhea (53/28),
Ebola (53/25),
Communism (57/23),
North Korea (61/26),
and meth labs (60/21)

The results:

When you are more popular than gonorrhea and ebola you can feel pretty good about yourself...I suppose...but when your constituents would rather have a colonoscopy, a root canal and their house infested with cockroaches then deal with you, it shouldn't go to your head.
I hope this doesn't lower Lindsey's self esteem.

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