Zogby: BP’s Work On Oil Spill Disaster Weighs On Obama’s Presidency

It’s good BP is slowing the oil spill because Obama’s success is linked to theirs.

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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 73:

“The good news for the president is the cap BP placed on the gulf spill is capturing some of the oil. But it remains bad news for Obama that he is being judged by BP’s successes or failures. In an effort to shift that paradigm, Obama is straining to show he is capable of getting angry about both BP’s and his government’s handling of the spill. Meanwhile, May’s employment figures were disappointing, and may look worse when census jobs begin terminating over the summer. Obama did not take the side of either ally after Israel’s attack on a Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza. Our polling found that is what U.S. adults wanted him to do. Overall, his job approval rating remains at 47%.”

Grade: C

Last week: C-

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).