Congress Is Less Popular than North Korea, Cockroaches, Lice, Root Canals, Colonoscopies, Traffic Jams, Used Car Salesmen, Genghis Khan, Communism, BP during the Gulf Oil Spill, Nixon During Watergate or King George During the American Revolution

How Much Do Americans Despise Congress?

Business Insider notes today:

A June Gallup poll [showed that Congress] had a 10% approval rating [while] and one in March that showed North Korea with a 12% favorability rating among Americans.

That’s nothing…

We’ve previously documented that the U.S. Congress is less popular among the American people than cockroaches, lice, root canals, colonoscopies, traffic jams, used car salesmen, Genghis Khan, Communism, BP during the Gulf oil spill, Nixon during Watergate or King George during the American Revolution.

Postscript:  While some wrongly assume that partisan gridlock is the cause of Congress’ unpopularity, the truth is that there has been bipartisan unity among Congress members in:

That’s why Congress is so unpopular.

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  • jadan

    Pity the members of Congress who cannot represent their people because there are too many of them. Divide 310,000,000, or whatever it is, by 535, and you get about 580,000 people per representative. So what you do is represent those who paid to get you in office. Take a poll among these people and you’ll find that Congress is respected. Of course, this is probably only 10% or so of the total population, or 31 million people, which gives a ratio of about 60,000: 1.

    The system does not work. It does not represent the range of political views. The electoral process cannot be trusted. The dissatisfaction of the people represents the failure of representative government as provided by our Constitution.

    Outrage at the moral failings of our representatives is a distraction, a straw man to divert public anger away from the solution. And that, it goes without saying, is to design a system that represents all the people. Easier said than done. But it would be more helpful to think about a system that works than it is to dwell of the character of the representation we’ve got. We don’t have quality people for the most part because these people know the system is beyond redemption. Why should they offer themselves as scapegoats for abuse, blackmail, and occasionally, murder.

  • StevenDavisPhoto

    We have some good ones. Too bad most of them are senators… Bernie Sanders… Al Franken…. Elizabeth Warren…

    • joshua

      al franken is an Israeli war mongering traitor. and a fake.

  • Tina Israel

    And the 10% must be family members and other relatives.

  • shawn_von_socialist

    first people scream then they bunker down then comes the revolution

    occupy wallstreet, was the start of the coming storm “fix it” government did not even adress the issue

    right now people are in the depressed bunker down “Dealing with it stage” what can we do against government

    what comes next will be total absolute civil disobedience

    then comes war on the streets

    the poor will turn on the middle-class
    the middle class will turn on the rich

    its going to be interesting decade that is for sure

    • What middle class? The middle class is now the new poor!! arrrggghhh. So true though and the the now-poor ex-middle class will still be hated by the now poorer poor, criminal lowlife and angry homeless. So while we are fighting ourselves the rich will have a phalanx of riot police defending them while we eat each other alive.

    • Sad, but unfortunately true. I think you hit the nail on the head.

  • gozounlimited
  • red_zone

    Gee, who could’ve guessed that looking solely out for their own special interests, ignoring the real problems that plague us and favoring those with deep pockets could make people so pissed at them? /sarcasm.

    WORSE part about them is WE aren’t demanding better and MORE from such people.

    • We are demanding better. its just that when we do we’re threatened with police, ridiculed or simply turned away. The media simply doesn’t cover it. So what happens as a result is that the majority of Americans are kept from expressing themselves and kept from being covered in any media. The grand design which is to keep people from having a feeling of being in the majority using this tactic. This keeps us feeling alone, marginalized and afraid of “authority”.

      Both right and left wing main media are guilty of this. They act like adversaries but all love money and all suck off each other up there. They both despise us and fear us becoming better than them so naturally they conspire to keep the people “in their place” and divided with infighting. of course occasionally they stab each other… nothing but scum.

  • public_servant_watch

    The bickering is a ruse. Self preservation and self enrichment priority and if the people are collateral damage to achieve the priority goal so be it. Further, there are no longer three branches of government when more than obvious show hearings amount to actual collusion. These public leaches need to have any tax provided benefits and pay frozen.

  • Solidus1

    Count me on board with this post. We. the people, need to elect folks that actually will stop bailing… “out the fatcats and sticking it to the little guy; Lining their own pockets; Using smoke and mirrors instead of addressing the real problems; And generally acting in an untrustworthy manner”…

  • bigtoe1111

    flush the commode. i doubt we make it to the next election. hope i’m wrong. the caption to my avatar states, “problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them”. who are these ‘representatives’? they have been there creating this mess. can we get rid of them through elections? i doubt it.

  • Richard Sutherland

    I’m writing this in July, 2016. Nothing has changed over the years, except that it appears that North Korea and cockroaches are more popular than Congress, which, by its obstructionist policies, has given birth to the Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump movements.