Washington (CNN) - As President Barack Obama kicks off a series of speeches hoping to shift the spotlight back to the economy, two new polls indicate that 45% of Americans approve of the job the president's doing handling the economy.
And according to an average of the latest surveys, Americans are divided on the overall job Obama's doing in the White House.
Forty-five percent of the public approves of the job the president's doing on the economy, with 51% saying they disapprove, in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted July 17-21. And Obama stands at 45%-49% approval/disapproval on the economy in an ABC News/Washington Post survey conducted July 18-21. National surveys indicate that the economy remains the top issue on the minds of Americans.
As for the president's overall rating, the public appears divided.
A new CNN Poll of Polls compiled Wednesday morning puts Obama's approval at 45% and his disapproval at 47%. The poll is an average of the four non-partisan, live operator, national surveys conducted over the past week. Besides the NBC News/Wall Street Journal and ABC News/Washington Post surveys, the CNN Poll of Polls also include a McClatchy-Marist survey conducted July 15-18 and the most recent Gallup Daily Tracking Poll, which was conducted July 20-22.
Wednesday the president kicks off a series of speeches with an event at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where eight years ago then-Sen. Obama delivered his first major address of his national political career.