Washington (CNN) - Forty-seven percent of Americans approve of how Barack Obama is handling his job as president, while 48 percent disapprove of his job performance, according to a CNN Poll of Polls compiled and released on Friday.
The presidential approval asks respondents if they approve of how Barack Obama is handling his job. It serves as a barometer for Americans' opinion of Obama's job performance. As midterm elections approach, it is also an indicator of what Americans consider as they approach the ballot box.
This newest edition of the CNN Poll of Polls is an average of three national surveys conducted during from October 13-18: Pew Research (October 13-18), AP-GfK (October 13-18), and NBC/WSJ (October 14-18). The Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.
While the president is not on the ballot this year, his performance in the White House is a major issue in the election. Republicans are trying to frame the midterms as a referendum on Obama and his agenda, especially what the president's done in dealing with the economy.