You gotta love Public Policy Polling’s sense of humor:
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.
Congress did manage to beat out telemarketers (45-35), John Edwards (45-29), the Kardashians (49-36), lobbyists (48-30), North Korea (61-26), the ebola virus (53-25), Lindsay Lohan (45-41), Fidel Castro (54-32), playground bullies (43-38), meth labs (60-21), communism (57-23), and gonorrhea (53-28).
This would be a lot funnier, however, if Congress weren’t an elected body chosen by the people. We have, after all, just gone through two elections in which the category “incumbent” has been considered a negative. Might Congress’ historically low approval rating have something to do with the fact that we elected a bunch of novices to it—novices who, in many cases, were chosen on a platform that governing in and of itself is evil? If you elect candidates who consider competency to be aiding the enemy, this is what you get.
P.S. You will note from the above figures that John Edwards is only one percentage point more popular than gonorrhea.