[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/17/art.obamafox.gi.jpg caption="Obama's approval ratings have held steady."]WASHINGTON (CNN) An average of the most recent national polls indicates that six in 10 Americans approve of the job Barack Obama's doing as president.
According to a CNN Poll of Polls compiled Tuesday, 60 percent say they're happy with how Obama's handling his duties as president. Thirty-one percent disapprove of his performance.
"The president's average approval rating has held steady for the past two months," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland Tuesday. "Obama's average approval rating in the seven polls taken in early June was 61 percent, and the average approval rating of the five polls taken in May was also 61 percent."
While Obama's overall approval rating remains basically unchanged, his marks on some specific issues have dropped over the past few months.
"President Obama is more popular than his policies. Three-quarters of Americans like President Obama. But just over half approve of his policies," says CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider.
So how do Obama's approval ratings compare to his predecessors' at the same time in their presidencies?
"From a numbers perspective, Obama's track record so far is closest to Ronald Reagan's. Reagan's approval rating in mid-to-late June of his first year in office was 59 percent," Holland said. Obama is far more popular than Bill Clinton was in June 1993, when Clinton's rating was only 39 percent, he added - and far less popular than the elder George Bush, whose approval rating hit 70 percent in June 1989. George W. Bush's rating was 55 percent in the summer of 2001.
CNN's Poll of Polls consists of five surveys conducted over the past two weeks: ABC/Washington Post (June 18-21), the Gallup tracking poll (June 18-21), CBS/New York Times (June 12-16), NBC-Wall Street Journal (June 12-15) and the Pew Research Center (June 10-14). The CNN Poll of Polls is an average of several surveys, and does not have a sampling error.