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 55:
The president continues on an upswing. He's getting higher marks from all voters, including independents. Our recent poll found a majority agreeing that he is sincere about wanting to work with both parties and find solutions. He needs to continue to reinforce his image as conciliator. Obama's big problems are reining in liberals and finding a way to counter the accusations of tea partyers. His inner circle is getting pounded from both partisan extremes. All in all, it was still a good PR week for Obama.
Last week: B-
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).