Washington (CNN) –Forty-eight percent of Americans approve of how President Barack Obama is handling his job as president, while 45 percent disapprove of his job performance, according to a CNN Poll of Polls compiled and released on Friday. This Poll of Polls suggests that for the first time this election season, more Americans approve of how Obama is managing his duties in the White House.
This newest edition of the CNN Poll of Polls is an average of four national polls conducted from mid-to-late October: Gallup tracking (10/25-27), Newsweek (10/20-21), CBS/New York Times (10/22-26), and McClatchy-Marist (10/22-25). A new Bloomberg survey did not release a presidential approval rating. The Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.
The presidential approval question asks respondents if they approve of how the president is handling his job. It is an indicator of Americans' opinion of Obama's job performance and reflects what voters may be considering as they make decisions on Election Day.
Two polls in this Poll of Polls indicate that more Americans approve of Obama's job performance, while two polls suggest that more Americans disapprove of how he is handling his duties. Newsweek and McClatchy-Marist polls reflect that more Americans approve of Obama's job performance than disapprove, compared with a CBS/New York Times survey and the most recent Gallup daily tracking poll, which both indicate that more Americans disapprove of how Obama is handling his White House duties than approve.
The Newsweek poll reports that 54 percent of Americans approve of Obama's job performance while 40 percent disapprove. According to a CBS/New York Times survey, 45 percent approve and 47 percent disapprove of how Obama is handling his job. McClatchy-Marist poll states that 48 percent of Americans approve of the president's performance while 43 percent disapprove, compared with the most recent Gallup daily tracking poll, which indicates that 44 percent of Americans approve and 49 percent disapprove.
The president has been actively campaigning for Democratic candidates running in the midterm elections, but Obama has not been universally embraced by Democratic candidates, some of whom are trying to distance themselves from his agenda, especially regarding the economy. Whether this positive approval rating translates into Democratic wins will be determined in four days, on Election Day.
For more information and links to each of the polls included in the newest CNN Poll of Polls, visit the CNN Polling Center.