Entries in Public Policy Poll (3)


John Edwards, Another Comeback Kid? 

Sara D. Davis/Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- New Yorkers seem willing to forgive and forget the dalliances of former Congressman Anthony Weiner and former Governor Eliot Spitzer, who are currently running for New York City mayor and comptroller, respectively.

South Carolinians were pretty forgiving when it came to former Governor Mark Sanford, who also cheated on his then-wife, returning him to Congress earlier this year.

However, if former North Carolina Democratic Senator John Edwards, a vice presidential nominee and candidate for the presidential nomination, is thinking about mounting a political comeback of his own, a new poll says he should basically forget it.

Edwards cheated on his wife, the late Elizabeth Edwards, and fathered a child out of wedlock but was cleared last year on multiple charges of misusing campaign funds to hide his affair.

Nonetheless, the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling says that two-thirds of North Carolina voters still view Edwards in a negative light while only 15 percent see him positively.

The PPP survey slams shut any chance that Edwards might consider running for public office in the state as 67 percent of respondents said they won't vote for him.

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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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Automated Poll Says Colbert, Tim Scott Favorites for South Carolina Senate Seat

Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Tim Scott tops the list of candidates Republicans expect to see in South Carolina’s Senate seat this spring, but at least one poll found voters holding out hope for a wholly different personality.

Automated phone pollster Public Policy Polling released a poll Monday saying comedian Stephen Colbert is South Carolina’s favorite to take Jim DeMint’s seat in the Senate.

Rumors about Colbert’s candidacy for the spot circulated last week when a Twitter account with the handle @ColbertforSC cropped up, amassing more than 3,000 followers in its first day of existence.

On his show Thursday, Colbert added fuel to the fire by suggesting fans tweet to Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, telling her why Colbert should be South Carolina’s next senator.

But @ColbertforSC, which says it is not affiliated with the comedian or his show on its website, fell silent over the weekend, without explanation.

Perhaps it’s because Haley put what would seem to be an end to the comedian’s campaign Friday with a post on Facebook, declaring Colbert made a “big, big mistake” when he forgot South Carolina’s state drink while interviewing on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.”

But soon after Monday’s poll was released, @ColbertforSC started up again.

Next behind Colbert in the poll was Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., the man who South Carolina Republican sources say is a favorite among the people of the state.  ABC News reported Scott was most likely to take fellow Tea Party Republican DeMint’s spot after DeMint announced he was leaving the Senate to lead conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation.

Scott would be a unique pick for South Carolina, because he would be the first African-American senator from the Southern state, appointed by an Indian-American governor, no less.

South Carolinian newspaper The State suggested Reps. Mick Mulvaney and Trey Gowdy might also have a shot at the seat. They received five percent and 12 percent of voters polled respectively in the PPP survey. Another well-known name on that list was Mark Sanford -- the former S.C. governor who lied about hiking the Appalachian trail to visit his extramarital lover in Argentina. His wife, Jenny Sanford, was on the list, too, and beat her husband among South Carolinians polled.

But ultimately, the choice will be up to Haley, and she’s not ready to throw it away.

“As I continue to consider the impending Senate vacancy, many have discussed the possibility of a ‘placeholder’ appointee who would pledge to serve for only two years and not seek election to the seat in 2014,” Haley wrote in a statement released Monday. “While there are some good arguments in favor of that approach, I believe the better case is against it.”

The South Carolinian governor said she wanted a senator who would, “work hard day in and day out,” without worrying about an approaching election.

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