Entries in Popularity (2)


Congress Less Popular than Lice, Cockroaches and Donald Trump

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- How little regard does the American public have for Congress?  Lawmakers may not want to know but Public Policy Polling is going to tell them anyway.

After all the partisan bickering and fights with the White House, 85 percent of the 830 respondents to the PPP survey have an unfavorable view of their elected representatives, compared to the 9 percent who approve of the job they’ve done.

However, PPP wanted to learn just how Congress stacks up against about two dozen things that Americans are typically not fond of, and by and large, Washington comes out on the short end of the stick, time and time again.  For instance:

Americans prefer Brussel sprouts to Congress by 69 percent to 23 percent.  In fact, lice get the nod over Congress by 67 percent to 19 percent.

Colonoscopies also beat Congress by 58 percent to 31 percent, while root canals are easily more favored, 56 percent to 32 percent.

Cockroaches are vile, little creatures but seemingly not so vile as congressmen, winning that head-to-head competition, 45 percent to 43 percent.

One of the most controversial figures in America, Donald Trump, is often the subject of ridicule but somehow, even he edges out D.C. lawmakers by 44 percent to 42 percent.

Another target of public disdain is the rock group Nickelback but even this Canadian band gets higher marks than Congress, 39 percent to 32 percent.

And that loveable Mongol from days of yore, Genghis Khan?  He also tops Congress, 41 percent to 37 percent.

Traffic jams, carnies, used car salesmen, NFL replacement refs and France all get better approval ratings than Congress as well.

Surely, there must be something the public hates more than Congress.  PPP says, yes, there are and the list isn’t too surprising.

The Capitol Gang beats Lindsey Lohan, 45 percent to 41 percent, the Kardashians, 49 percent to 36 percent and Fidel Castro, 54 percent 32 percent.

In fact, it’s not even close when it comes to other unpopular entities, with Congress winning easily over Gonorrhea, 58 percent to 32 percent, Ebola, 53 percent to 25 percent, North Korea 61 percent to 26 percent and meth labs by 60 percent to 21 percent.

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Dems Open Convention As Poll Says Obama's Popularity Falls

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Democrats opened their convention in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday with the vision of keeping President Obama in the White House, but they were hit with the news that a new poll found his popularity among women in a tailspin and the national debt has zoomed past $16 trillion.

Obama's personal popularity has dropped seven percentage points since April, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Tuesday night.

The decline has occurred entirely among women voters, a core constituency and one which he has courted in recent weeks by accusing his Republican challengers of carrying out a "war on women."

For the first time since taking office, more women rated the president unfavorable than favorable, according to the poll.

The survey also found Obama to have the lowest personal popularity overall of any incumbent president going into a convention since the 1980s. Just 47 percent of registered voters rate Obama "favorably," while 49 percent of respondents rate him unfavorably, the poll found.

The good news for Obama is that Republican rival Mitt Romney did even worse in a similar poll last week. Among all Americans, 40 percent now see Romney favorably, 47 percent unfavorably.

Obama's much more popular wife, first lady Michelle Obama, will address the convention and the nation Tuesday night in a primetime speech that will likely target women voters.

On a night that Democrats hoped to reignite voters' ardor as the race enters its homestretch, Obama finds himself up against a series of difficult roadblocks.

In addition to the dismal poll numbers, perhaps an even more insurmountable figure was released Tuesday. The Treasury Department announced that the national debt reached $16 trillion, a number Republicans quickly seized on and laid at Obama's feet.

The party this week will put forward its best and brightest stars, from stalwarts like former president Bill Clinton to Tuesday night's primetime keynote speaker, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. They will all push the same message: President Obama will more quickly and more humanely fix the ailing economy than the Republicans.

Castro, the youngest mayor of a major American city, is expected to hammer Romney for being out of touch and favoring the wealthy at the expense of the middle class.

Moreover, Castro is expected to appeal to Latino voters, another important and divided bloc that Obama is actively courting.

"Republicans tell us that if the most prosperous among us do even better, that somehow the rest of us will too. Folks...we've heard that before," Castro is expected to say, according to released excerpts of his speech.

"Either way, their theory has been tested. It failed. Our economy failed. The middle class paid the price. Your family paid the price. Mitt Romney just doesn't get it," he will say.

Castro credits Obama with saving the country from financial ruin four years ago, a direct response to Romney's latest line of attack, asking voters if they're better off today than they were four years ago.

"Four years ago, America stood on the brink of a Depression. Despite incredible odds and united Republican opposition, our president took action. And now we've seen 4.5 million new jobs," Castro will say.

Castro said voters have to choose between a country "where the middle class pays more, so that millionaires can pay less... Or a country where everybody pays their fair share."

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