If you’re not a paid staffer or blood relative, as the joke goes, you probably hate Congress.
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The institution is so unpopular that voters were more positive about brussels sprouts, head lice and root canals in one recent survey. But there have been a handful of times over the last 100 years when the public gave a thumbs up to Capitol Hill.
In 1937, 44 percent of those surveyed agreed that Congress was “about as good a representative body as it is possible for a large nation to have.” The number fell to 17 percent by 1990.
“The one thing we know for sure is that Americans usually don’t like Congress,” said Julian Zelizer, a professor of history at Princeton University.