When Congress’ approval rating was in the double-digits
, polls showed that it was less popular
among the American public than cockroaches, lice, root canals, colonoscopies, traffic jams, used car salesmen, Genghis Khan, Communism, North Korea, BP during the Gulf Oil Spill, Nixon during Watergate or King George during the American Revolution.
An October poll by Public Policy Polling showed
that Congress is less popular among the American people than zombies, witches, dog poop, potholes, toenail fungus and hemorrhoids. That was when Congress’ approval rating was 8%
A new Economist/YouGov.com
poll shows that Congress has hit an all-time low: only 6%
of the American public approves of Congress.
To put this in perspective, Wikipedia notes
Historians have estimated that between 15 and 20 percent of the European-American population of the colonies were Loyalists.
In other words, around 3 times as many colonists supported King George as the 6% which support our own
Moreover, a May 2013 poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University found that 29%
of registered voters think that armed revolution may be “necessary” in the next couple of years. In other words, the number of Americans who think that armed revolution may be “needed” dwarf the number of Americans who approve of the job that Congress is doing.
Even back in 2010, Rasmussen noted that only a small minority
of the American people think that the government has the consent of the governed, and that the sentiment was “pre-revolutionary”