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
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.