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.
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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.”