It's Up to Obama on Healthcare

Obama still has the tools and popularity to pull out a win for his healthcare reform.

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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 simply a poll-generated job approval number. Instead, the Washington Whispers ObamaMeter is Zogby's judgment on the performance of the president based on multiple factors.

"Let's face it. The president is in the middle of a healthcare reform war that he really wanted to avoid. Now we know why he wanted a bill passed before the August recess, and certainly before 2010. On the surface, the battle is over healthcare, but in reality it's a continuation of the same old civil war. While the president certainly favors bipartisanship, he made mistakes by relying too heavily on a congressional leadership that is hardly seen and never acts in a bipartisan way. With his poll numbers bottoming out and ticking up again, he is still the most popular guy out there and knows better how to use every possible medium available than anyone else. He is, no doubt, a warrior."

This week: Steady at 78.

Last week's rating: 78

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 also is the author of The Way We'll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream (Random House).

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