Less Popular Than Cockroaches and Head Lice? You Guessed It: Congress


The U.S. Congress' stunning languor vs. leadership is winning it few admirers — but a recent Public Policy Polling survey reveals that Congress is even less beloved than one might expect.

In fact, according to pollsters, Congress is less popular than root canals, NFL replacement referees, head lice, the rock band Nickelback, colonoscopies, carnies, traffic jams, cockroaches, Donald Trump, France, Genghis Khan, used-car salesmen and Brussels sprouts.

PPP surveyed voters Jan. 3-6, and uncovered all manner of interesting information, including the revelation that a healthy 56 percent of those surveyed preferred root canals to Congress. Head lice did even better: 67 percent said that given the choice, they'd take biting scalp parasites over their noble elected representatives. Meanwhile, 58 percent also favored the dreaded colonoscopy over Congress, perhaps reasoning that at least colonoscopies are generally efficient and experienced while under the influence of anesthetic.

PPP indicates that the current edition of the U.S. Congress holds a putrid 9 percent approval rating from the general public.

On the bright side, pollsters did find that Congress had more fans than John Edwards, the Kardashians, lobbyists, North Korea, the ebola virus, Lindsay Lohan, Fidel Castro, playground bullies, meth labs, communism and gonorrhea.