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Congress Goes on Recess, Gets Popularity Boost

The U.S. Capitol.

Finally, some good news for Congress: Though its job approval rating was only 13 percent last month, it just shot up to 21 percent, its highest rating since May 2011. Plus, since members of Congress have been home campaigning since late September, it seems more vacations are in order! (Gallup explains that this is likely a delayed reaction to September's boost in government satisfaction and economic confidence, and historically the figure is actually extremely low for the weeks before an election — but let's just let them have this.)