Obama's Approval Rating Jumps 6 Points Congress, both parties, up as well By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff Posted Jan 12, 2011 12:24 PM CST 32 comments Comments President Obama laughs during a news conference on the White House complex in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (Newser) – The public appears to feel a little less disgruntled these days. President Obama’s approval rating shot up 6 points to 53% in an AP-GfK poll released today. That’s his highest rating in nearly a year, Politico points out—and he’s not the only one feeling the love. A majority—56%--said they believed the new Republican Congress could bring about an economic turnaround. Congressional Republicans saw their approval rating jump to 36%, up from 29% three months ago, while Democrats saw their approval rating increase to 39% from 36% in October. Another poll shows Congress’ approval rating jumping from a record low of 13% in December to 20%. Approval was up not only among Republicans, the LA Times notes, but among Democrats, despite the change in control.