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NFL replacement refs and root canals are better than CongressJanuary 8, 2013 @ 3:17 pm (Updated: 3:47 pm - 1/8/13 )
After a contentious election and financial showdown, Congress is facing low ratings and is less popular than a number of dreaded things.
Public Policy Polling, a North Carolina-based firm that has been described as Democratic leaning, found an 85 percent unfavorable rating for Congress.
Results of their poll released Tuesday show Congress is now less popular than root canals, NFL replacement referees, head lice, the rock band Nickelback, colonoscopies, carnies, traffic jams, cockroaches, Donald Trump, France, Genghis Khan, used-car salesmen and brussel sprouts.
Those polled weren't entirely down about Congress.
Representatives and Senators did manage to beat out telemarketers, John Edwards, the Kardashians, lobbyists, North Korea, the ebola virus, Lindsay Lohan and Fidel Castro.
People also thought playground bullies and meth labs were worse than Congress, but that's about it.
Women view Congress slightly more favorably than men. Democrats are more positive than Republicans about how lawmakers in D.C. are doing.
"We all know Congress is unpopular, but the fact that voters like it even less than cockroaches, lice, and Genghis Khan really shows how far its esteem has fallen with the American public over the last few weeks," Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling said in a statement.
Lawmakers are back to work introducing several bills. Representative Jim Moran, D-Va., introduced the first legislation of the new Congress to impose gun controls that he claims even most National Rifle Association members support, such as mandatory background checks for all gun sales and gun shop employees.
By LINDA THOMAS
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