Pollster John Zogby joins the Washington Whispers team to regularly update our new Obamameter. Each week, Zogby uses his polling, expert analysis, and interaction with major players to come up with a rating between 1 and 100. Unlike Zogby's scientific polls, the Obamameter is his judgment on the performance of the president once multiple factors are considered. In this week's Obamameter, Zogby looks at the president's first 100 days and gives him 95 out of 100.
"I have seen and read about many first 100 Days, and this has been a very good one. Barack Obama is in command. A new week, a new crisis. What's next—locusts? But since Hurricane Katrina, the federal government has been on trial, and he knows that the public demands action. He has signed 19 executive orders and marshaled 14 new pieces of legislation. And his polling numbers are high, while his opponents continue to drop and adhere to a strategy of isolation and rejection. As of Day 100, the president has a clear majority, has steered both the government and the public toward a new direction, and has been rewarded with a huge gift—Sen. Arlen Specter as a Democrat. So much of life for us baby boomer guys boils down to what we learned in Little League. Remember the guy who comes up to bat for the third time after he hit two homers and thinking 'he can't hit, he's just lucky'? That's today's Republican pundits arguing that Obama is overexposing himself, spending the U.S .to disaster, leading us to socialism. But he is still hitting homers."
This week's Obamameter Rating: 95.
Last week's rating: 93
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. 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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