Zogby: Obama Will Avoid Supreme Court Fight

Odds are Obama will play it safe on replacing Stevens.

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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 see's the president's week ending.

John Zogby on Week 65:

"It was a week where President Obama was trying to put his own mark on international policy by meeting in Washington with 47 world leaders to discuss the potential of nuclear terrorism. But before it even began, Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement from the Supreme Court and threw open the potential for another round of partisan back and forth. The nuclear meeting went reasonably well, with the Ukraine agreeing to dispose of weapons-grade materials and the group committing to eliminating or locking down similar materials. But, as critics pointed out, the agreement is non-binding. Replacing Stevens leaves Obama with the choice of making a safe pick, or he could name a more liberal nominee and use the resulting fight with the GOP to fire up the party base. Odds are on playing it safe. Finally, the economy received another bit of good news with a better than expected increase in March retail sales."

This week's grade: B

Last week's: B

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 Well Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream (Random House).

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