By Catalina Camia
Fewer than one in 5 Americans approve of the way Congress has been doing its job, which is actually an improvement.
A new Gallup Poll shows the 19% approval rating for Congress in September is up 5 percentage points from a month ago, and at its highest level since October 2012.
Even that isn't anything to cheer about when considering the big picture. For much of the past three years, the job approval rating for Congress has been under 20% in Gallup surveys - including all-time lows of 10% in February and August of last year.
Americans still give President Obama higher marks (a 44% approval rating in the Gallup daily tracking poll), but he hasn't shown any real uptick in weeks.
The Gallup survey of 1,510 adults on Congress was taken Sept. 5-8, before Obama's address to the nation about Syria on Tuesday night. Jeffrey Jones of Gallup says the numbers could reflect the "apparent lack of enthusiasm" in Congress about Obama's call for airstrikes in Syria.
Obama has asked Congress to postpone a vote that would give him the authority to use military force against Syria, while the United States tries to sort out a Russian proposal for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons.
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