Poll: Congress Less Favorable Than Dog Waste and Cockroaches

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With Washington, D.C. still unable to end its political circus, a new national poll finds that Congress has a favorability rating in the single digits. Between the government shutdown and impending debt ceiling debacle, it’s not too surprising that the majority of Americans disapprove of the misfits on Capitol Hill. However, how does Congress stack up against other things in life?

According to Public Policy Polling, only 8 percent of American voters approve of the job Congress is doing, compared to 86 percent who disapprove. The feeling is mutual across party lines. Democrats, Republicans, and Independents only gave Congress approval ratings of 7 percent, 10 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Congress improves its standing against items such as cockroaches and Miley Cyrus, but often loses the battle. Let’s take a look at the survey results.

Compared to other parts of government, Congress is clearly out of favor. When asked to choose between Congress or the IRS, 42 percent of Americans had a higher opinion of the taxman, compared to 33 percent for Congress. Twenty-four percent were not sure. Choosing between Congress and the DMV, 58 percent of respondents favored the DMV, compared to only 24 percent for Congress. In fact, 73 percent of Americans found jury duty more favorable than Congress.

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When asked what do you have a higher opinion of, 46 percent of people said Wall Street, compared to 15 percent for Congress.

Dog Poop

When asked what do you have a higher opinion of, 47 percent of people responded dog poop, compared to 40 percent for Congress.

Fungus

When asked what do you have a higher opinion of, 44 percent of people said toenail fungus, compared to 41 percent for Congress.

Hemorrhoids

When asked what do you have a higher opinion of, 53 percent of people responded hemorrhoids, compared to 31 percent for Congress. “Congress having an 8 percent approval rating tells us one thing about how unhappy voters are,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “But it’s even more telling that voters have a lower opinion of it than annoyances like the DMV and jury duty, health issues like hemorrhoids, and even witches.”

Mother-in-Law

When asked what do you have a higher opinion of, 64 percent of people said mother-in-law, compared to 20 percent for Congress.

Cockroaches

When asked what do you have a higher opinion of, 44 percent of people said cockroaches, compared to 42 percent for Congress.

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Witches

When asked what do you have a higher opinion of, 46 percent of people responded witches, compared to 32 percent for Congress.

Potholes

When asked what do you have a higher opinion of, 47 percent of people responded potholes, compared to 36 percent for Congress.

The results weren’t all bad for Congress. Here’s a look at what Americans did not favor over Congress.

Heroin

When asked what do you have a higher opinion of, 53 percent of people said Congress, compared to 24 percent for Heroin.

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Lindsey Lohan

When asked what do you have a higher opinion of, 40 percent of people said Congress, compared to 36 percent for Lindsey Lohan.

Miley Cyrus

When asked what do you have a higher opinion of, 46 percent of people said Congress, compared to 31 percent for Miley Cyrus. Furthermore, 37 percent of Americans chose Congress over twerking, which received 33 percent of the vote.

Honey Boo-Boo

When asked what do you have a higher opinion of, 42 percent of people said Congress, compared to 33 percent for Honey Boo Boo.

Ebola

When asked what do you have a higher opinion of, 47 percent of people said Congress, compared to 28 percent for ebola.

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