Abortion, Guantánamo Critics Fail to Rattle Obama

Characteristically cool under fire, Obama talks his problems to a draw.

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Pollster John Zogby regularly updates our Obamameter. Each week, Zogby uses his polling, expert analysis, and interaction with major players to come up with a rating of between 1 and 100. Unlike his polls, the Obamameter is his judgment on the performance of the president once multiple factors are considered. In this week's Obamameter, Zogby says that the president was able to keep his 85 out of 100 rating despite criticism on his abortion and Guantánamo Bay policies.

"A week in which Obama takes heat from the left (for changing his policy on Guantánamo detainees) and the right (from antiabortion advocates angry with Obama and with Notre Dame for inviting him to speak at commencement) should be a week when he is knocked off message. But any time Obama gets the chance to give a big speech is like throwing Hank Aaron a hanging curve ball. They'll both hit it out of the park, and Obama did that with a message about tolerance for other viewpoints and the need to examine one's own faith as a means to strengthen it."

This week's Obamameter Rating: 85.

Last week's rating: 85.

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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