Congress Now Less Popular than Head Lice, Cockroaches and the Donald

It takes real skill to be less appreciated than one of the most phobia-inducing insects on the planet, but somehow Congress managed, hitting new lows in a Public Policy Polling survey that found even cockroaches more appealing

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It takes real skill to be less appreciated than one of the most phobia-inducing insects on the planet, but somehow Congress managed, hitting new lows in a recent Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey that found even cockroaches more appealing.

Also 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.

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The 112th Congress was a kerfuffle wrapped in a muddle inside a Gordian knot — the Associated Press described it 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.”

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It wasn’t all bad news for Congress, however; the elected body still managed to beat out John Edwards, lobbyists, telemarketers, the Kardashians, North Korea, Lindsay Lohan, playground bullies, Fidel Castro, meth labs, communism, gonorrhea and the Ebola virus.

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.

25 comments
asc.pgh
asc.pgh

The results are skewed because the partisan pollsters failed to ask the subjects about anal fissures, untreated bone fractures and car wrecks that kill passengers.

OzarkGranny
OzarkGranny like.author.displayName 1 Like

Maybe we should be grateful that Congress does nothing.  Do we really want these people to do "something?"  In the "ole" days they only met a few weeks a year instead of the constant blabbering about nothing we have to listen to know. 

tpaine
tpaine

Still not ranking as badly as the Reid-Pelosi "worst Congress in history" that gave us the ObamaCare Tax.

tpaine
tpaine

When the Democrat controlled Senate has failed to pass the Constitutionally required budget in four years, there's lots to complain about.  How are they spending (wasting) our money?

OzarkGranny
OzarkGranny

@tpaine The last couple of years the Ryan budget was a political statement not a viable budget, therefore, there was no reason for the senate to waste their time.  Republicans in the House got to grandstand because they knew their budget would never see the light of day.  Note during the fiscal cliff and during the upcoming debt ceiling, Paul Ryan has crawled back in his hole, because he is an ideologue not a politician.   In a dozen years in congress, Ryan passed two laws: naming a post office and reducing the tax on arrows.  Politicians compromise and get things done. 

tpaine
tpaine

The Ryan budget was praised by both the right and the left as being the most realistic and comprehensive seen in quite awhile.

That's alright.  The federal debt is now larger than that of every American man, woman and child and is at 76.7% of GDP.  When we hit 90% in the next couple of years, watch what happens to the dollar.

Godwinslaw
Godwinslaw

@tpaine tpaine You obviously don't know as much about the constitution as you think, (therefore, I'm guessing you are a conservative). There is no formal, constitutional process. Frameworks have been implemented in 1921 and 1974 by law, and, operating as we are today via continuing resolution is absolutely legal and constitutionally acceptable.

tpaine
tpaine

Article I of the Constitution enacts a budget system and the Budget Resolution Act of 1921 formalized it.  It IS a Constitutional mandate.  Google it.

JohnLubeck
JohnLubeck like.author.displayName 1 Like

I really don't know where you come off putting down Brussels sprouts like that.

mydads1st
mydads1st

   Truly, there is absolute truth in this statement. This Congress(112th) have accomplished absolutely nothing. Boehner and McConnell, along with other leaders of the TEA-Republican parties, have nothing to claim except total and absolute failure to and for the American people and economy. Their actions, antics, tactics and gross failures in generating jobs as they promised in the 2010 election, have not come to fruition. Every member of Congress, no matter their party affiliation, have failed the public. As a group, and in collusion, they have not accomplished any jobs production and have backed themselves into one big mess called sequestration. The debt ceiling is a valid, arm's-length transaction entered into by the Congress which has to be honored. They have already passed these laws and acts and are duly responsible for paying and completing fruition of every issue. Congress cannot back out just because they want to make it tough for Obama.
McConnell is at the edge of his seat in a precarious position as he failed miserably in making Obama a one term president. There is no "Spending Addiction," but a facing the constituents wrath and in-party fighting over raising taxes on the super wealthy. Mitch's blind obedience to the puppeteer-masters has clouded his thinking abilities. TEA-types are circling and shooting each other much like Tammany Hall.
     If you enter into a contract to provide services and fail to provide those services, you are still held accountable for implementation. The 112th Congress has entered into contracts to effect services and merely saying they will not provide adequate financial compensation to pay for those services, already signed for and in effect, then they have violated their financial fiduciary responsibility to and for those directly effected. An agreement is a binding, non-arbitrary and legally enforceable responsibility to complete the entire contract without interferences from outside forces.
     Medicare and Social Security are binding, non-arbitrary and legally enforceable responsibilities, already paid for by the recipients in previous years. What really has gotten us into this mess is the excessive financial and influential control the top 2% have had on the previous Congress's. Congress has taken money from Social Security since the 60's. Congress, with the blessing from both parties owes us millions plus interest. They need to pay us back! Plus they should raise Social Security(FICA), Medicare, Unemployment benefit extension(FUTA) taxes on the richest people.
     And lets go a little bit further and fund Social Security(F.I.C.A.) and Unemployment benefits(F.U.T.A.) by taxing top earners on Wall Street and Banking on their entire earnings(Up to $5,000,000.00) taxed and not limited to the first $110,100.00 for Social Security and federal taxes without limitations, adjustments or exceptions. Spending cuts and loophole closures for those who earn more than $500,000.00 from all sources is a good start. Do not sit on the sidelines and allow others to make decisions adversely effecting you. And the 2014 Mid-term election is a-coming! "Sweep the HOUSE CLEAN....in 2014"

tpaine
tpaine

I see.  We're no longer going to "blame Bush" but one chamber of the Congress.  The House, for your information, HAS passed a budget every year for the last four.  The Democrat controlled Senate has not.

Romney promised 12,000,000 new American jobs, but you voted against him.  Obama promised tax increases on "millionaires and bilionaires" which turned out to be EVERYONE.

This President is YOUR decision.  Love it.

asc.pgh
asc.pgh

@tpaine I guess having the White House, the Senate and Congress for two years has to have some legacy. now that the remote suggestion of checks and balances is on the horizon we have to get a new rag doll to beat up in place of accepting responsibility. 

Lizpiper
Lizpiper

@tpaine The economy was already on track to create 12,000,000 new American jobs.  Thus, Rmoney's promise was just a promise not to derail that, not to do anything productive.  I wouldn't have bet money on him not finding a way to derail that.

tpaine
tpaine

Simply, factually, incorrect.  Under Obama and the Democrats, our labor participation rate has gone from 66.2% to 63.4%.  In short, meaning there are 6,377,000 fewer Americans working now than when Obama and the Democrats took over.  Don't believe me.  Google it up.  This economy is going no where thanks to the Democrats last tax increase AND the ObamaCare Tax soon to hit your premiums.

OzarkGranny
OzarkGranny

@tpaine I couldn't be happier that Obama is President.  

tpaine
tpaine

If you're a parasite, you would be.

RidingtheFence
RidingtheFence

Call me crazy but I'm still waiting on the TONS of jobs created by these fat-cats with their money. Excuse my crude comment but to be honest, I'd rather s*** in my hands and clap rather than wait around for them to 'create jobs' with their extra 'hard earned' money. Where are they? I take to no particular side and I like Washington politics just as much as Chris Christie BUT I do have enough common sense to know that the capitalist view isn't working out for them. No one likes the belligerent side of Congress and quite frankly, I don't think they give a care lol 

JohnForsthoffer
JohnForsthoffer like.author.displayName 1 Like

I highly doubt congress gives a rats ass about being popular or not. 

Ocsicnarf
Ocsicnarf

Why France and the Khan are so unpopular in the US? Please not I'm neither French nor Mongolian.

JohnForsthoffer
JohnForsthoffer

@FGGM Not quite sure as to why the French. I have been to France and I know they don't care for Americans very much. Your guess is as good as mine. Khan is mostly known for massacres of the civilian populations during the conquest of most of Eurasia. I would bet money that most of those who voted Genghis Khan as more popular than congress, probably have no idea who he was.

caustic
caustic

@JohnForsthoffer @Ocsicnarf 

Khan also stopped feuds among Chinese, introduced taxation and farmers cooperatives, and provided protection for local and long-distance merchants.

JimStarowicz
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And them 'job creating' teabags, not only in congress but state houses as well, continued the record of no job creation that the elders brought with the huge 'job creating' tax cuts for the private sector extremely wealthy, and growing, 'job creators', but they did get Huge campaign contributions, I mean Huge!!