Obama’s Approval Rating Starting to Turn Around

The president’s approval rating continues to improve.

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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 sees the president’s week ending.

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John Zogby on Week: 105

“The president’s approval rating continues to improve, with some polls showing it on the positive side of 50 percent. Civility remains the buzz word in politics after the Tucson shootings and Obama’s memorial event speech, and that seems to work to his favor, especially in comparison to the ongoing defiant tone of Sarah Palin. Obama also continued to reach out to business by announcing ‘a government-wide review’ of federal regulations ‘that stifle job creation and make our economy less competitive.’ Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to Washington presents many risks for Obama, as the two talk about monetary and trade policies and human rights.”

This week’s grade: B+

Last week’s: A

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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