The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

How low can Congress go? Alas, vot­ers have a more fa­vor­able opin­ion of the IRS, jury duty, hip­sters, pot­holes, cock­roaches, moth­ers-in-law, toe­nail fun­gus, pub­lic ra­dio fund rais­ing drives, mo­tor ve­hi­cle de­part­ments, hem­or­rhoids and even “dog poop” than they do of Congress.

Th­ese are se­ri­ous find­ings from a Pub­lic Pol­icy Polling sur­vey of 502 reg­is­tered U.S. vot­ers re­leased on Tues­day, for bet­ter or worse.

Law­mak­ers, who only achieved an 8 per­cent fa­vor­a­bil­ity rat­ing, did best a few other pub­lic fig­ures, though. But not many. Ma­jori­ties of the vot­ers have a higher opin­ion of Congress than for­mer New York City mayoral hope­ful An­thony Weiner.

The law­mak­ers also found more fa­vor than Rus­sia Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin, re­al­ity TV tot Honey Boo Boo, rau­cous singer Mi­ley Cyrus and twerk­ing — her dance of choice.

“Congress hav­ing an 8 per­cent ap­proval rat­ing tells us one thing about how un­happy vot­ers are,” says Dean Deb­nam, pres­i­dent of the polling group. “But it’s even more telling that vot­ers have a lower opin­ion of it than an­noy­ances like the DMV and jury duty, and health is­sues like hem­or­rhoids.”


Congress may be less pop­u­lar than pot­holes, cock­roaches and mo­tor ve­hi­cle de­part­ments, but law­mak­ers still find more fa­vor than singer Mi­ley Cyrus, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent sur­vey.

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