Things Americans Prefer to Congress

by Jillian Kay Melchior

Congress may have averted the fiscal cliff, but Americans still aren’t too keen on their elected officials, according to a creatively conducted new survey by Public Policy Polling asking respondents whether they had a higher opinion of Congress or “a series of unpleasant or disliked things”:

It’s gross to have lice but at least they can be removed in a way that given the recent reelection rates members of Congress evidently can’t: Lice 67 Congress 19

. . . Colonoscopies are not a terribly pleasant experience but at least they have some redeeming value that most voters aren’t seeing in Congress: Colonoscopies 58 Congress 31

And you can make the same point about root canals: Root Canals 56 Congress 32

. . . America might have had to bail out France multiple times over the years but voters still have a more charitable opinion of it than Congress: France 46 Congress 37

Carnies may use loaded dice, but voters still think they have a better chance of winning with them than Congress: Carnies 39 Congress 31

It may be true that everyone hates Nickelback, but apparently everyone hates Congress even more: Nickelback 39 Congress 32

. . . DC political pundits and Donald Trump aren’t held in very high esteem by the population, but they still both manage to just barely edge Congress: DC political pundits 37 Congress 34 and Donald Trump 44 Congress 42

Cockroaches are a pretty good reason to call the exterminator but voters might be even more concerned if their homes were infested with members of Congress: Cockroaches 45 Congress 43

In case you’re wondering, Americans apparently hate Lindsay Lohan, gonorrhea, and meth labs a little more than Congress. Glass half full?