Public Policy Polling: People Like Lice, Cockroaches, Genghis Khan More Than Congress

(L-R) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speak to the media at the White House on November 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Getty Images)

A poll released on January 8 by Public Policy Polling reveals a hilarious list of all the unpleasant things that people apparently like more than the current Congress– including root canals, lice, and Genghis Khan.  And it didn’t happen through an obscure list-making process, or a statistical deduction that gathered answers no one was aware they were giving.

People were directly asked: “What do you have a higher opinion of: Congress or cockroaches?”

And so it went, “What do you have a higher opinion of: Congress or…?” for roughly 25 questions.

Unbelievably, a total of 830 people surveyed between January 3 and January 6– just after the fiscal cliff deal– said they liked a number of detested creatures and institutions more than the U.S. Congress.

In the end, the Washington Times writes, “Congress is less popular than carnies, root canals and colonoscopies, but more popular than the ebola virus, meth labs and gonorrhea.”

According to Public Policy Polling, here is a list of things people now like more than Congress (all numbers in percentages, and do not include “not sure” responses):

  • Root canals (56-32)
  • NFL replacement refs (56-29)
  • Lice (67-19)
  • Nickelback (39-32)
  • Colonoscopies (58-31)
  • Carnies (39-31)
  • Traffic Jams (56-34)
  • Cockroaches (45-43)
  • Genghis Khan (41-37)
  • Used Car Salesmen (57-32)
  • Brussels Sprouts (69-23)

Washington, D.C. political pundits were ​slightly ​more liked than Congress, by a slim margin of 3 percent.

So what could people possibly ​dislike even more than Congress, considering the above list?

Well…telemarketers…John Edwards…and the Kardashians.

Public Policy Polling: People Like Lice, Cockroaches, Genghis Khan More Than Congress

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (L) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) talk as the votes of the Electorial College from the 50 states are tallied in the House of Representatives chamber at the U.S. Captiol January 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Getty Images)

Here are a few things people dislike even more than Congress​, via Public Policy Polling:

  • 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)
  • Gonorrhea (53-28)

“We all know Congress is unpopular,” Dean Debnam, the President of Public Policy Polling commented. “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.”

Overall, just 9 percent of people say they approve of Congress, compared to 85 percent who disapprove.  The estimated margin of error is +/- 3.4 percentage points.

Click here to see the full results of Public Policy Polling’s survey. 

(H/T: Washington Times)