Zogby: Obama’s Fate Hinges on Healthcare Vote

If he wins the healthcare vote, he makes the history books—and makes life difficult for Republicans.


Pollster John Zogby updates our weekly Obama Report Card with a grade on the president's performance. Zogby uses his polling, expert analysis and interaction with major players to come up with a grade and some comments that capture how he sees Obama's week ending.

John Zogby on Week 61:

National pollster John Zogby gives President Obama a grade of B plus for week 61 of his presidency.

This is the week that can change the Obama presidency—up or down. If he wins the healthcare vote, he makes the history books and makes life very difficult for Republicans in the fall. After all, voters wanted change. If he loses the vote, Obama risks both a big defeat in November and casts doubts on his ability to deliver change. Meanwhile, he is eyeball-to-eyeball with Binyamin Netanyahu, and it remains to be seen what this may mean for a key Obama constituency. But Obama is a risk taker; that's how he got to this position.

This week's grade: B+

Last week's: B+

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 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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