To those who put a lot of weight on the opinion of the pundit class, this report from CNN
may come as a surprise:
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.
On October 21, when Obama's approval hit a low of 44.7 percent in its poll, Gallup noted
that his approval numbers were still superior to both Clinton (41.4 percent) and Reagan (41.7 percent) in the 7th quarters of their first terms in office.