Americans Prefer Cockroaches, Traffic Jams and Nickelback To Congress

Written by Aviva Shen

As the nation braces itself to hit the debt limit as early as February 15, Congress is as gridlocked as ever. Republican lawmakers are now suggesting they will resist raising the debt ceiling, risking a government shutdown and a default on U.S. credit. The last fight over the debt ceiling in August 2011 led to an unprecedented downgrade of U.S. credit and billions of wasted taxpayer dollars.

Americans were paying attention during 2011′s fight, and their approval rating of Congress plunged to an all-time low soon after the credit downgrade. A record 82 percent of respondents said at the time they disapproved of the job Congress was doing. Now, on the verge of another debt ceiling crisis, that number has risen to 85 percent.

Public Policy Polling decided to figure out just how much Americans hate Congress by asking respondents to compare their feelings about their lawmakers to a list of other unpopular things. The results were not pretty:

Lice: 67% Congress: 19% approval
Brussel Sprouts: 69% Congress: 23%
Replacement refs: 56% Congress: 29%
Colonoscopies: 58% Congress: 31%
Root canals: 56% Congress: 32%
Traffic jams: 56% Congress: 34%
Used car salesmen: 57% Congress: 32%
Carnies: 39% Congress: 31%
France: 46% Congress: 37%
Nickelback: 39% Congress: 32%
Genghis Khan: 41% Congress: 37%
Political pundits: 37% Congress: 34%
Donald Trump: 44% Congress: 42%
Cockroaches: 45% Congress: 43%


Congress did beat out North Korea, Lindsay Lohan, the Ebola virus, gonorrhea and the Kardashians.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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Angela Roquemore
Angela Roquemore4 years ago

What the difference between cockroaches and Congress?

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill4 years ago

Maybe they should actually do their job? Just saying.

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra5 years ago

Thank you ThinkProgress, for Sharing this!

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad5 years ago

Darn...where is okra on the list!

Keevin Shultz
Keevin Shultz5 years ago

I was talking to a friend on the phone when I mentioned the name of my favorite politician in my state and it made me think that there's no such thing as a "favorite politician" that's like saying my favorite root canal was my second one or I prefer to be hit in the stomach instead of the face. Just doesn't make sense.

Stanley R.
Stanley R5 years ago

Congress needs to be outed from government, replaced by reps of the 99% whose families survive on food stamps. .

James Maynard
James Maynard5 years ago

If this "Congress" causes another down-grading of
credit, they will find themselves totally unelectable
in 2014.

Kathy K.
Kathy K5 years ago

I don't know. I might even prefer North Korea.

katarzyna phillips

"Congress did beat out North Korea, Lindsay Lohan, the Ebola virus, gonorrhea and the Kardashians". o well your congress doesn't sound that bad, if it beat north korea and the ebola virus! at least you have a sliver of hope! better you lot than me. good luck!

Teresa Mac Tavish

thank you,