The American Interest
Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
Americans Prefer Genghis Khan to Congress

According to new data by Public Policy Polling, Americans’ dismal view of Congress looks even worse compared to other loathed items:

When asked if they have a higher opinion of either Congress or a series of unpleasant or disliked things, voters said they had a higher opinion of root canals (32 for Congress and 56 for the dental procedure), NFL replacement refs (29-56), head lice (19-67), the rock band Nickelback (32-39), colonoscopies (31-58), Washington DC political pundits (34- 37), carnies (31-39), traffic jams (34-56), cockroaches (43-45), Donald Trump (42-44), France (37-46), Genghis Khan (37-41), used-car salesmen (32-57), and Brussels sprouts (23-69) than Congress.

When you lose by a wide margin to head lice, your brand just might be beyond repair. Congressmen can at least take comfort from the fact that they beat out telemarketers, meth labs, and communism.

The results are funny, but it’s also depressing┬áthat our political leaders are village laughingstocks. What will it take for us to start taking them seriously again?

Published on January 10, 2013 7:00 pm