Elections Hurt, But Public Still Doesn't Blame Obama

In terms of expectations, Obama's week could have been perceived as much worse.

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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.

John Zogby on Week 42:

"In terms of expectations, Obama's week could have been perceived as much worse. Democrats lost both governors' races, but little, if any, blame was placed on Obama. Exit polls found voters in both New Jersey and Virginia saying that Obama was not a factor in their choices, and the mainstream media and even some Republican politicians agreed the outcomes were not a referendum on the president. Two other elections, the pickup of a Democratic seat in New York's heated 23rd District election and retention of another in California, brought Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Obama a little closer to passing a healthcare bill in the House. The rural New York congressional race may have pushed the Republican Party even further to the right, which is just fine with the Obama team."

This Week's Grade: C

Last week: C

John Zogby is president and CEO of Zogby International, a public opinion, research, and business solutions firm with experience in more than 70 countries. 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 also is the author of The Way We'll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream (Random House).

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