The congressional approval rating has steadily ticked up over the past six months and Republican leaders hope this will undermine President Obama’s plans to run against the unpopular institution.

Obama’s strategy since the end of last summer has been to paint Congress as unreasonably obstructionist and blocking practical legislation to increase employment.

“For months, I’ve been pushing Congress to help us along by passing common-sense policies that would make a difference,” Obama said in an address to the nation a week ago.

He said lawmakers extended the payroll tax holiday but have “refused to act on most of the other ideas in my jobs plan that economists say could put a million more Americans back to work.”