How low can they go? Over the weekend, Public Policy Polling (PPP) measured the popularity of Congress against 26 different things. The good news? Congress is more popular than Ebola, Fidel Castro, meth labs, and North Korea.
In the poll, Congress was less popular than traffic jams, used car salesmen, colonoscopies, and even Donald Trump (although that result was pretty close).
This is no fly-by-night operation:
"In every swing state, its final presidential polls were validated Tuesday night as PPP reported the correct winner in all nine battlegrounds and in the three other states (Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania) that the Romney campaign feinted toward.
Previous polls have measured Congress' approval rating with a simple approve/disapprove question. A survey last fall found it to be 3.5 percent - well within the poll's 5 percent margin of error. PPP decided to approach the subject from a different angle:
We've seen poll after poll after poll over the last year talking about how unpopular Congress is but really, what's the difference between an 11 percent or a 9 percent or a 7 percent favorability rating? So we decided to take a different approach and test Congress' popularity against 26 different things. And what we found is that Congress is less popular than cockroaches, traffic jams and even Nickelback.
Can it go even lower? The House Republicans are giving it their best shot.