G-20, Budget Help Raise Obama's Rating

Obama is still battling foes in Congress but his ratings and G-20 successes move him up this week.

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Pollster John Zogby joins the Washington Whispers team to regularly update our new Obamameter. Each week, Zogby will size up Barack Obama on a specific issue, his popularity, or job performance and, based on his polling results and expert analysis, come up with a rating of between 1 and 100. In this week's Obamameter, Zogby analyzes Obama's standing amid tough fights and G-20 successes. He gives Obama 78 out of 100.

"Obama's problems just keep coming on a daily basis. He has moved from AIG bonuses to saving the banks to Afghanistan to the automakers. Now, he's in Europe with the G-20 nations, which is tantamount to 20 separate crises. That's enough to make a guy think twice about taking the job, especially with pesky pollsters and pundits ready to write 51 reviews, 61-day retrospectives, 75-day histories, and 100-day epics. Fact is, he's doing OK. I give him an upgrade to 'EP,' which is United Airlines' term for good seats but not quite business class."

This week's Obamameter Rating: 78.

Last week's rating: 71.

John Zogby is president and CEO of Zogby International, a public opinion, research, and business solutions firm with experience working in more than 70 countries around the globe. Founded and led by Zogby since 1984, Zogby International specializes in telephone, Internet, and face-to-face survey research and analysis for corporate, political, nonprofit, and governmental clients. The firm is headquartered in Utica, N.Y. John Zogby is also the author of The Way We'll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream (Random House).

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