Congress’s approval rating jumps from 19 to 39 percent since January.

A new Gallup poll out today found that 39 percent of Americans approve of the job that Congress is doing, up from 19 percent in January and 14 percent last year. The rating marks “the most positive assessment of Congress since February 2005.” Gallup notes that the increase suggests the reason for the improved ratings “include an assessment of the work Congress has been doing with the new president on the economy and other issues.” Indeed, since January, Congress passed an economic recovery bill, legislation making it easier for women to sue for pay discrimination and a bill expanding health care coverage for children with overall health care reform on the agenda.