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Inaugural Obama Weekly Report Card - A

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Politics,Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets

Pollster John Zogby is helping Secrets inaugurate a weekly report card for President Obama, who begins his second term on Sunday. Secrets will run the report card every Friday online and in the newspaper. Zogby is a senior analyst with his son's firm, JZ Analytics. Below is Zogby's first report:

The president heads into his second inauguration with a 56 percent job approval and a majority praising his efforts during the fiscal cliff negotiation. His ratings are nearly 40 points higher than the approval given to House Speaker John Boehner, the House Republicans, and the Senate Republicans.

By a factor of 49 percent to 31 percent, the Zogby Poll shows the public preferring that the GOP members of Congress support the president and the Democratic Party's agenda. Moreover, Americans, especially younger voters feel they are doing better and are more optimistic than pessimistic about the future.

The president gets to sparkle on his big day and then again in his State of the Union Address in February. He is riding high, he is talking tough on key issues like guns, debt ceiling, and domestic spending for technology and infrastructure. Let's see if his performance can match his ratings.

Grade -- A