Maybe Congress and the President are less popular than telemarketers because the voters feel like they continually have to defend themselves from assaults from Washington.
This year has been a graduate course in the evils of big government. While the country suffers numerous perils, Washington proposes every lame brained idea imaginable in an effort to appear relevant. Of course these ideas are proposed by the highly paid lobbyists of various special interests. The end result is a government that claims the ability to solve every problem while being truly impotent. Voters gullible enough to believe in an infallible terrestrial institution are left frustrated by a lack of progress while those fortunate enough to be cynical realize these proposals are working as intended by the interests that created them. The question is, have the political leaders figured it out?