Obama Hurt by Job Losses, Honduras Coup

Pollster John Zogby finds that Washington adoration of President Obama is slipping.

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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. The Obamameter, however, is not a poll-based job approval number. Instead, the Washington Whispers Obamameter is his judgment on the performance of the president once multiple factors are considered. In this week's Obamameter, Zogby sees Obama adoration chilling because of job losses, carping about slow stimulus spending, and the coup in Honduras.

"All in all, not the greatest week in the Obama presidency. He finally got his 60th Democratic senator in Minnesota Democrat Al Franken. However, other crises loom. The coup in Honduras, for example, has the potential for a regional explosion. The economy continues to bleed record job losses, and we're starting to hear impatience about the stimulus plan. Even the president's own party is split on a second stimulus package, and while Michelle and the kids look fabulous in Russia and Italy, the trip saw no adoring crowds in Moscow."

This week: Down to 73.

Last week's rating: 75

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 Well Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream (Random House).

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