Despite Oil Spill and Terror Threat, Obama Holds His Own

New polls show Democrats a little more competitive in 2010 than imagined.

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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 see's the president's week ending.

John Zogby on Week 68:

"Another week and two brand new potential catastrophes for the president--the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico and the attempted terror bombing in Times Square. The latter was handled nearly perfectly by law enforcement with an arrest made in 53 hours. The oil leak will be with us for a while and we will only know its full ramifications if it (as expected) drags on. Interestingly, Republicans are not jumping all over Obama for his response to either problem. Could they know it is impolitic? That jumping on him will only remind voters how Democrats rallied around President Bush after September 11 and how the Bush administration response to Katrina was so textbook dismal? New polls show Democrats a little more competitive in 2010 than imagined."

"Not a great week--but no ground lost for Obama."

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 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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