Zogby: Obama Shows Gutsy Leadership Firing McChrystal

The president's poll numbers are his lowest yet.

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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 75:

"The president's detractors are having a field day. Peggy Noonan is comparing Obama to Jimmy Carter suggesting his presidency is spinning out of control. Obama's latest poll numbers are his lowest yet. More Americans now believe the country is headed in the wrong direction than at any other time in his presidency. But give Obama a save on dealing with a bad situation in Afghanistan. Replacing Gen. Stanley McChrystal with Gen. David Petraeus is a gutsy assertion of leadership and knocks out a potential 2012 rival. So Obama wins the day, but can he win the war?" [Read 10 Things You Didn't Know About Stanley McChrystal.]

This week's grade: D

Last week's: D-

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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