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Congress viewed more favorably than Hugo Chavez, but barely

Chris Moody
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People in Caracas carry a Hugo Chavez portrait before the start of his funeral. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Phew, that was close. Congress may be less popular than colonoscopies and cockroaches, but when it comes to comparing approval ratings between the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and our nation's top lawmakers, Congress manages to edge its way to the top.

Six percent of likely voters in the United States view Chavez favorably, according to a Rasmussen poll conducted after his death. The most recent Rasmussen congressional approval poll, released on Wednesday, shows that just 8 percent think Congress is doing "a good or excellent job."

An equal percentage of those polled in the two separate surveys—67 percent—gave Chavez and Congress a subpar rating.

Single-digit approval rates are nothing to brag about, of course, but at least members of Congress can sleep well knowing their constituents find their job performance slightly less detestable than the former socialist leader's.

Chavez died on March 5, after 14 years as Venezuela's president.

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