Zogby: Summer Sours For Obama

Add a federal court's decision to reverse Obama on stem cell research to his woes.

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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 sees the president's week ending.

John Zogby on Week 84:

Tuesday's primary results continued to show that incumbent and establishment candidates are at greater risk this year, but the majority of them are still winning. That is a hopeful sign for President Obama and the majority Democrats that well-funded and fully-prepared candidates can survive voter anger. While Obama was on the road trying to remind voters about "failed" Republican policies, the imbroglio over a proposed mosque in lower Manhattan dominated the news and a poll found the bizarre notion that the president is a Muslim is now held by one in five people. A federal court overturned federal rules on stem cell research, and the administration will appeal for a return to the policy it implemented last year, putting itself in the middle of another hot issue on which a small majority of voters agree with Obama's position.

This week's grade: C-

Last week's: D

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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