Traffic, Colonoscopies, Nickelback More Popular than Congress Credit: U.S. Capitol image via Shutterstock

Congress may not win many popularity contests anytime soon. New research has found that Congress, with a 9 percent approval rate, is actually currently less popular that some surprising things, including cockroaches, traffic jams and root canals.

Overall, researchers found that 85 percent of voters say they view Congress in a negative light. To see just how unpopular Congress currently is, Public Policy Polling tested its popularity against 26 different things. Some things that were more popular than Congress include:

  • Lice
  • Brussels sprouts
  • NFL replacement referees
  • Colonoscopies
  • Used car salesmen
  • Carnies
  • Nickleback
  • Genghis Khan
  • Washington D.C. pundits
  • Donald Trump

"We all know Congress is unpopular," said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling, which conducted the research. "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."

However, Congress did get a few positive marks from Americans who say the representatives are more popular than the Kardashians, gonorrhea and North Korea. Congress was also rated more highly than:

  • France
  • Lindsey Lohan
  • Playground bullies
  • Telemarketers
  • John Edwards
  • Lobbyists
  • Fidel Castro
  • Ebola
  • Communism
  • North Korea
  • Meth labs    

The research was based on the responses of 830 American voters taken in early January.

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