It’s no big secret that the 112th Congress had, historically, the lowest approval ratings of any Congress in U.S. history. The new 113th Congress has pretty terrible approval ratings, too, and are well on their way to competing for the “worst” reputation. And today, Obscure Republic worked out that those record lows have seemed to trickle into Congress’ social networking figures.
As of this article being written, the United States Congress has a paltry 6,954 “likes” on Facebook. The Democrat-controlled Senate has 3,333 likes, while the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has an embarrasing 958 likes. Combined, Congress has a grand total of 11,245 likes… fewer than some local businesses in the Wasington DC area.
This of course doesn’t extend to individual politicians. House Speaker John Boehner, for instance, has 322,907 likes on Facebook. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has 173,688 likes, while House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has 69,752 likes. Over in the Senate, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has 32,488 likes. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, though, only has 5,950 likes. Everyone in Congress is trumped by President Obama, though… he has nearly 35 million likes. Even Mitt Romney still somehow trumps Congress, with 11.7 million likes, though most of those are probably residual from the campaign a few months ago.
The parties themselves are fairing quite a bit better as well. Democrats have 1.4 million likes, while Republicans have significantly fewer likes… about 76,000. To be fair, though, Democrats tend to be younger than Republicans, and thus are typically more tech-savvy and hip to current trends; democrats reach out to all the best demographics for pulling in bigger numbers on social media websites in general, though some Democratic politicians, like the aforementioned Pelosi and Reid, are less popular than rock star democrats like Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (355,678) or Newark Mayor and presumptive 2014 Senate nominee Cory Booker (132,590).
How could these individuals and organizations improve their figures? Better SEO, more advertising, and more interaction with fans could definitely help boost the numbers. Then again, nothing would increase the number of likes each politician and group takes in quite like legislating responsibly and in a bipartisan manner. But let’s be perfectly honest, here… It’s more likely MySpace will become popular again and overtake Facebook in total users than any of these folks are to work together to solve the nation’s problems. Hey, don’t call us pessimists! We’re just reporting it like we see it!