Zogby Says State of the Union Put Obama Back in the Game

Obama got back on track with the State of the Union speech.


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 54:

National pollster John Zogby gives President Obama a grade of C for week 54 of his presidency.

"President Obama got back on track with a State of the Union speech. It was a good blend of creative populism that reminded people that they elected him to be a problem solver, and that is what he says he is trying to do. He told both parties that they must listen to the people and find solutions. People are most worried about jobs, and that is where Obama put his emphasis. He was rough on the Supreme Court, but in this case that may have been a good thing. The speech was not a home run because he didn't need one. But a solid double shows he can still connect in the clutch."

Grade: C

Last week: F

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).