Congress Goes on Recess, Gets Popularity Boost

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The U.S. Capitol is seen on November 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or super committee, which faces a Wednesday deadline to reach a deficit reduction agreement, planned to meet over the weekend.WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 19: The U.S. Capitol is seen on November 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or super committee, which faces a Wednesday deadline to reach a deficit reduction agreement, planned to meet over the weekend. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images) Photo: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images2011 Getty Images

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.)