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January 10, 2013

Congress more popular than meth labs, less popular than Nickelback


Recently, Public Policy Polling sought to discover just how low the public’s opinion of Congress had fallen, testing the popularity of the U.S. Congress against twenty-six different, typically unpopular things. We all know that the American people have a less-than-favorable opinion of Congress (9% favorable and 85% unfavorable), but damn. The results weren’t pretty.

Here’s the outcome of PPP’s survey, in a handy illustrated form, from most to least popular thing:


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When presented with a choice between Congress or Brussels sprouts, respondents gave a higher favorable rating to Brussels sprouts (69%) versus Congress (23%). [more]

Be sure to check out Meg’s full list, which is freaking awesome.

8:14 // 1 year ago
December 28, 2012

Congress’ ability to pass legislation is historically, laughably, depressingly low

  • 1995-1996 Is currently the least productive two-year Congressional session on record, dating back to 1947 when the U.S. House Clerk’s Office first began keeping such records. The 104th Congress passed 333 bills in total.
  • 2011-2012 Will become the new least productive two-year Congressional session on record, barring a number of miracles during the final days of the 112th Congress. Our sitting senators and representatives would need to send at least 115 more bills to the desk of President Obama to avoid becoming the least productive Congress in decades. Currently, they’re at 219 for the session. source
16:08 // 1 year ago
August 15, 2012

Congress on pace to be least productive since 1947

  • 61 the number of bills that have become law to date in 2012
  • 3,914 the number of bills that have been introduced by lawmakers

More from usatoday: These statistics make the 112th Congress, covering 2011-12, the least productive two-year gathering on Capitol Hill since the end of World War II. Not even the 80th Congress, which President Truman called the “do-nothing Congress” in 1948, passed as few laws as the current one, records show. (More:

P.S.: Thanks usatoday for writing a post that we could so easily short-formify!

10:45 // 2 years ago