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 66:
"President Obama appears to be closing in on another legislative victory, and this one is so popular it may force some Republicans to go along. I'm talking about financial reform. The SEC gave the bill's passage a boost by filing a civil suit against Goldman Sachs. Also, the Wall Street investment giant reported what the New York Times called "blockbuster" earnings, and that it is paying $5.4 billion in compensation for the first three months of the year to its 32,500 staff members. The chief White House embarrassment was the leaked memo from Secretary of Defense Bob Gates saying we don't have an effective long-range policy for dealing with Iran's growing nuclear capability. Public attention is still more focused on the economy than foreign threats, making this a likely short-lived headline. Our polling finds Obama's job rating holding steady, and so is this week's grade."
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).