Obama's Poll Numbers Seem to Bottom Out

Pollster John Zogby says things are looking up for Obama, but he should use his vacation to plan a fresh start.

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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-generated job approval number. Instead, the Washington Whispers ObamaMeter is Zobgy's judgment on the performance of the president once multiple factors are considered.

"It was a better week for the president, with North Korea's pardon of two American journalists and potential to make progress on nuclear talks. He even has some conservatives nodding in approval. Passage of healthcare reform through House committees means at least momentum going into recess. The immediate task is to spin Tea Party protests at congressional town halls into a black eye for health plan opponents. The beer summit defused a tense situation and got the pres back on message. It's a good time for a vacation and a rewrite of the game plan for a fresh start. His poll numbers seem to have bottomed out and are ticking back up."

This week: up to 78

Last week's rating: 72

John Zogby is president and CEO of Zogby International, a public opinion, research, and business solutions firm with experience 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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