Zogby: Obama's Re-election Chances Look Better

Obama may not be getting as big an approval bounce as expected after taking out bin Laden.

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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: 120

"The president may not be getting as big an approval bounce as expected after taking out Osama bin Laden, but Obama is certainly much better off politically than he was last week. In particular, the percentage that now believes Obama deserves re-election in our latest interactive poll is 42 percent, which takes him out of the danger zone. We also have him ahead of the likely potential Republican candidates. What's most important is the GOP will find it much, much more difficult to question Obama's toughness or patriotism. This gives Obama more clout on all fronts. Witness the apparent pull back by House Republicans on their proposal to radically alter Medicare."

This week's grade: B+

Last week's: A

John Zogby is Chairman of the Board and Chief Insights Officer for IBOPE Zogby International, a non-partisan public opinion, research, and business solutions firm with experience working in more than 70 countries around the globe. IBOPE 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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