Washington (CNN) - Four days before he gives his State of the Union address, an average of the most recent national surveys indicates that President Barack Obama's approval rating stands at 52 percent.
According to the CNN Poll of Polls average, compiled and released Friday, 42 percent of Americans say they disapprove of how Obama's handling his duties as president. The release of the survey comes one day after the second anniversary of Obama's inauguration as president.
The 52 percent approval rating is up five points from the last CNN Poll of Polls, which was conducted in mid November, after the midterm elections.
The presidential approval question asks respondents how they feel about how Obama is handling his job. It is used to measure the country's opinion of the president's performance as head of the nation.
The newest CNN Poll of Polls is an average of five national polls conducted in the past week: Gallup tracking (1/17-19), CBS/New York Times (1/15-19), CNN/Opinion Research (1/14-16), NBC/Wall Street Journal (1/13-17), and Washington Post/ABC News (1/13-16).
All polls were taken after Obama's address in Tucson, Arizona on January 12 and reflect the impact of that speech on the Arizona shootings, as well as the president's accomplishments in the lame duck session of Congress, which concluded in late December.