About 11% of Americans view Congress favorably. Interesting contrast, however, is that 39% of Americans now view Socialism favorably.
Yes, that great Bugaboo of the Right has a better rep than the institution of Congress. It appears that for many folk the more the likes of Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and Grover Norquist bewail creeping Socialism, the more and more Americans conclude that if that crowd doesn’t like it then it must be good.
One aspect of this political evolution has been the degradation of public discourse by Right-wing reframing: Social Security, public schools, public parks, public libraries and all are decried as “socialistic”. People like these things and thus stand willing to accept their categorization as beneficial too.
Socialism is approved by 53% of Democrats, 62% of Liberals and even 25% of Republicans!