How poor a job is Congress doing in the eyes of the American public? So poor that fewer than one in five Americans approve -- and that's actually GOOD news for Capitol Hill lawmakers.

Congress' approval rating jumped up five points from 14 percent to 19 percent during the last month, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday. It's the highest number since October of 2012. (Of course, "highest" is a relative term given how low the numbers have been.)

So why the jump? Gallup suggests it could be related to President Obama asking Congress to approve military action against Syria. (That ask is currently on hold.) Americans strongly oppose a strike, and Congress has been very skeptical, too.