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Two Cheers for Paris Hilton

How unpopular is Congress? Freshman senator Michael Bennet of Colorado, who recently compiled the results of a popularity public opinion poll showing how far in the dumps the Congressional reputation has fallen. Only Fidel Castro is more despised than our august representatives on capital hill.

40% IRS
16% BP during the Gulf oil spill
15% Paris Hilton
11% US reverts to communism
9% Congress
5% Fidel Castro

It hasn’t always been this bad. As recently as 2001, congress boasted an approval rating of 65%. Is your representative really liked less than Paris Hilton? Really?