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Monday, January 14, 2013

Congress or Cockroaches?

 
 
"Would you rather have both eyes gouged out or your tongue lopped off?"  Such were the questions we asked each other as children.  Making choices between two horrid things and then explaining our answers.

Public Policy Polling asked similar questions (all right, that's exaggerating) of more than 800 registered voters.  The voters expressed a low 9% favorable opinion of Congress.  The voters were then asked to rank their opinions about Congress and several other people or situations.  The answers might surprise you.  Or maybe not.

Traffic jams had a higher favorable opinion rating than Congress (56% to 34%).  So did root canals (56% to 32%), colonoscopies (58% to 31%) [no mention was made for the prep; just the procedure], and even lice (67% to 19%).  There were a few things that with a less favorable opinion than Congress.  The voters had a higher opinion of Congress than playground bullies (43% to 38%) and gonorrhea (53% to 28%). Congress barely won out over Lindsey (sic) Lohan (45% to 41%).


From US News and World Report


Brussel sprouts won easily over Congress (69% to 23%) and even cockroaches (ugh!) squeaked by (45% to 43%).

You can find the full report here.  This poll is no more accurate than most polling.  But the results are far more interesting.  And perhaps distressing.  This is truly a do-nothing Congress.

Four North Carolina Representatives voted AGAINST the aid for Hurricane Sandy victims. [NOTE to Virginia Foxx, George Holding, Richard Hudson, and our own Western NC Mark Meadows:  North Carolina is on the Atlantic Ocean and regularly suffers severe hurricane damage.  How'ya gonna vote when we are the victims?]

Congress is definitely unpopular and deservedly so.  We should all be disappointed when we hear the rhetoric bantered back and forth.  And we ask ourselves, "Who voted for these jerks?"  Pogo has the answer:

From Wikipedia




17 comments:

The Bug said...

Oh how I love Pogo! We had two Pogo books in our house & I read them voraciously.

I love this poll - although I don't love what prompted it. Sometimes, in my heart of hearts, I kind of sort of get the allure of anarchy. Sigh.

Appalachian Lady said...

I hadn't heard about this. It's so funny that people would prefer cockroaches over congress. Thanks for sharing.

robin andrea said...

It is an interesting thing that Congress is so unpopular. I don't know what will remedy this situation. I often feel that our country is still fighting the civil war and the battle is taking place in Congress.

Ms. A said...

Seems strange when a comic character is so smart.

Taradharma said...

and yet...I've read that voters are generally happy with their own choice for congress. We are a screwed-up lot.

I don't know what's to be done about congress, but I do know that it is operating not in the best interests of the country.

Jayne said...

Interesting poll, and not surprising at all. I am bone weary of all of them.

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

Congress would be lucky if I even gave it a 19%. It really can't claim it is a working body of government. For some reason(??) I think the right is trying to destroy our government and we need to speak up like you are doing. -- barbara (blogs are great vehicles for getting the wrongs in our world known)

troutbirder said...

Discouraging but true....

Busy Bee Suz said...

The poll questions are quite interesting...as is your outlook on it all. The voting against relief for Sandy victims just amazes me!

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Rudee said...

Do Not Ask What Good We Do, Inside the U.S House of Representatives was an eye opener of a read. This hurricane Sandy business and, worse, the utter insensitivity in the face of changing our gun laws is really remarkable. I'm truly disheartened by the 112th, and now the 113th Congress, too. Shame on them.

Read that book... if you've got the stomach.

KB said...

The funniest part for me is imagining the person who thought up these questions for the poll. It's the funniest poll in a long time!

Yes, we asked exactly the same thing about SC and NC representatives. What happens when you are the victims? Why can't people empathize with others in our country?

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone.

Bug - I've loved Pogo all my life.

KB - Yes, I would never have selected the questions.

Janet QueenofSeaford said...

Just amazing. What a poll.

dAwN said...

Cockroaches ..and they are hard to get rid of.

Vicki Lane said...

Think of all the money that has been wasted on Congressional salaries during the past four years while a bunch of Just Say No-ers held government hostage.