Congress Ranked Lower than Lice and Cockroaches, Poll Finds

By Melanie Arter | January 9, 2013 | 10:41 AM EST

Cockroaches (AP Photo)

( – Most people prefer lice, cockroaches and colonoscopies to Congress, according to a new national poll released Tuesday.

Congress only has a nine percent favorability rating, according to the latest national poll by Public Policy Polling, which tested the popularity of Congress against 26 different things, including brussel sprouts, root canals, and traffic jams.

“We all know Congress is unpopular,” said Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling. “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.”

Lice received a 67 percent favorability rating compared to Congress with 19 percent. Voters gave brussel sprouts a higher ranking than Congress (69-23). NFL replacement referees received 56 percent compared to Congress with 29 percent. Also, D.C. political pundits (37-34) and Donald Trump (44-42) outranked Congress.

People favored colonoscopies over Congress (58-31). Also, 56 percent of those polled chose getting a root canal over Congress (56-32). Used car salesmen were more popular than Congress (57-32).

Traffic jams were also favored over Congress – 56 to 34. France (46-37), Nickelback (39-32), carnies (39-31), and Ghenghis Khan (41-37) also ranked higher than Congress. Even cockroaches edged out Congress in favorability ratings – 45 to 43 percent.

On the bright side, Congress ranked higher than gonorrhea (53-28), the ebola virus (53-25), communism (57-23), meth labs (60-21) and playground bullies (43-38). It also scored higher among voters than telemarketers (45-35), the Kardashians (49-36), Lindsay Lohan (45-41), Fidel Castro (54-32) and North Korea (61-26).

Congress also outranked former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, who had an extramarital affair and fathered a child out of wedlock while his wife, Elizabeth Edwards was dying from cancer (45 to 29).

The poll was conducted Jan. 3 to 6 among 830 American voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.