Americans like their government slightly more than a root canal


The government urges Americans not to panic because two nurses have ebola. America responds by buying all the hand sanitizer in sight.

Still think we trust the government? Then look at the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. Americans were asked to grade the government. It's below average at best.

President Barack Obama is below average with 42 percent of those polled saying they approve of the job he's doing. Congress? Twelve percent approve.

So if you're in line at Wal-Mart, there is at least one person in it with you who thinks Congress is doing OK. Look around. Did some fellow forget to put on his pants? He's your man.

When asked to rate their feelings about people, groups and organizations, Obama has 21 percent viewing him in a very positive light. The Republican Party: 6 percent. Democratic Party: 12 percent. Tea Party: 6 percent. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: 2 (ouch) percent. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the House: 7 percent.

More fascinating results can be found here.