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U.S. Congress less popular than cockroaches: poll

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On par with the Japanese Diet one would imagine.

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I am only surprised that lice, cockroaches and Congress scored so high.

We'll Cockroaches do have a catchy Spanish song, la cucaracha!

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I'm surprised 9% of Americans knew enough about Genghis Khan to formulate an opinion.

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I'm surprised 9% of Americans knew enough about Genghis Khan to formulate an opinion.

Why wouldn't we like barbecued lamb?

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The little loved U.S. Congress..

and the big loved whom?

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The legislative body proved less popular than traffic jams, Donald Trump, France,

Less than Trump? France? How did France get into the list? Where is Piers Morgan in the ranking?

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Cockroaches can survive for days without a head. This lot have been going a lot longer than that.

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"survey of 830 Americans"

Maybe the other 300 million Americans love Congress.

Anyway, how could the Congress be so unpopular with Democrats in charge of the Senate?

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the survey itself is ....mad. comparing cockroaches and US congress???? it is hard to have a laugh ,really.

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Anyway, how could the Congress be so unpopular with Democrats in charge of the Senate?

Because the Republicans are in charge of the House of Representatives and will swear on a Christian bible that if a woman doesn't want to be raped, her body will (somehow) prevent penetration. 'nuff said.

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Fadamor - You are lumping all Republicans in with the views of one Republican. Check it out.

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"...over the last few weeks" ???? You mean over the past decade?

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What? You mean the Tea Party's major victories in 2010 has only accelerated the downward trend?

I've often heard conservatives exclaim, "It's not a popularity contest." Talk about your self-fulfilling statements!

Glad to see we've got a reasonably well-liked president and Cabinet.

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You know what they say about Americans and their Congress? Americans HATE Congress... but LOVE their Congressmen.

Despite elections every 2 years and Congress' seemingly perpetually abysmal rating, the large majority of Congressmen get reelected again and again. Maybe one would be tempted to say that if that's the case, then maybe Congress is only as dysfunctional as the country itself is. But maybe that's a bit too simple an explanation.

Congress is complicated, there are two chambers, the House and the Senate. For a bill to go through, both chambers must vote on it, for the House that is a simple majority vote, but the Senate has rules allowing the minority to block bills unless there is a (rare) supermajority. Americans are wary of giving one party too much power by giving them a majority in the House and a supermajority in the Senate, and they like the idea of forcing the parties to compromise... the problem is: the parties are more and more ideologically homogeneous and polarized, especially the Republicans, where moderates have been hunted down to near-extinction and where compromise is a dirty word.

So Americans don't like this Congress anymore. They don't trust either party with supermajorities, but if there is a divided Congress, then nothing gets done because Republicans won't compromise on anything.

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Americans tend to hate other representatives, but continue to vote for their incumbent representatives. It is always the other voters in other districts and states causing the problems.

For example, where I live, we think all the reps from NY, Cali, and Boston are terrible, but we still vote in the far-right leaning fundamental Christians who actually believe the Earth is 6,000 yrs old for some reason and think that's ok. It is sad.

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@The Fu

Americans tend to hate other representatives, but continue to vote for their incumbent representatives. It is always the other voters in other districts and states causing the problems.

You hit the nail on the head. Many of the Red State people don't mind Federal $$$s as well as most get more back than they pay out.

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Americans tend to hate other representatives, but continue to vote for their incumbent representatives. It is always the other voters in other districts and states causing the problems.

Reps are like farts - everybody thinks their own farts smell great, but everyone else's stink.

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Bwahahahahaha! This is so hilarious. Wait, lemme get my cockroach spray!

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Cockroaches don't need American's tax to survive.☺

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