Zogby: Even Democrats Now Down on Obama

Things are heading south fast for Obama, who needs to move quickly to get his presidency back on track.


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 his judgment on the performance of the president based on multiple factors.

"The president may have come back from vacation, but he is a long way from being back in stride. His poll numbers are at a record low, and our polling shows a double-digit loss in Democrats who approve of his job performance. The number of Americans who say the nation is heading in the right direction is also down. There are also great doubts about adding more troops in Afghanistan. Obama is suffering from a combination of being off his message overall and having no message that connects on healthcare. He seems to have finally given up on reaching any deal on the issue with Republicans. Obama has a tall order to get his presidency back on track."

This week: Drops to 69

Last week's rating: 72

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

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