President Obama's job approval rating continues to inch upwards, although a majority of Americans are still unhappy with his performance.

Gallup found an average approval rating of 46.8 percent for the president's latest quarter in office. That represents an uptick from the prior quarter and gives Obama three straight quarters of rising favorability.

The president still has a historically low approval rating, with a sputtering economic recovery undercutting his image and giving him an overall average approval rating of 49 percent for his presidency. But Gallup notes that Obama is still faring better than the last two one-term presidents, Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush.