Waterboarding, Paris Hilton Liked More Than Congress

Just 10% approve of work on Hill, according to latest Gallup poll
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 10, 2012 8:50 AM CST
Paris Hilton is more popular than Congress.   (AP Photo/Katy Winn)

(Newser) – A Gallup poll released Wednesday finds that Americans' approval of Congress has hit yet another record low: 10%. There aren't many institutions Americans have liked less over the last 50-or-so years, according to Gallup: Only Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, and OJ Simpson detective Mark Fuhrman have ever scored lower. ABC News takes a look at some very unpopular things that still manage to rank above Congress:

  • According to an August poll, Paris Hilton is America's least-favorite celeb. But her 60% disapproval rating is still better than Congress's 86% disapproval rating.

  • Socialism is about three times as popular as Congress: About 33% of Americans view the system positively, according to a January poll.
  • About half of Americans polled in November said waterboarding should be permitted as an interrogation technique—meaning more support the technique than support Congress.
  • During the financial crisis, banks were more popular than Congress is now: Some 18% of Americans still had faith in the institutions in 2009.
  • In June 2010, as thousands of barrels of oil were pouring into the Gulf of Mexico every day, 16% of Americans approved of BP's work on the crisis.
Click through to see what else Americans hate less than they despise Congress. (Read more Congress stories.)

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