Zogby: Polling Shows "Small Bump" In Obama Approval Ratings

Democrats might force the GOP to choose between blocking tax cuts and giving Obama a win.

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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.

National pollster John Zogby gives President Obama a grade of C plus for week 87 of his presidency.

John Zogby on Week 87:

"The larger dynamics of the midterm elections have not have changed, but at least the president and his party may have begun shifting things in a more positive direction. By directly taking on the GOP leadership (particularly would-be House Speaker John Boehner), Obama is getting the attention of a Democratic base that has longed for him to come out fighting. Democrats have the Republicans off-balance on tax cuts. If the Democrats stand united in extending middle class relief while ending tax breaks on income above $250,000, they might force the GOP to choose between blocking the whole package or giving Obama a popular legislative win right before the election. And Republican primary voters continue helping the Democrats, this time choosing Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell over Rep. Mike Castle in the Delaware Senate race, who would have been a sure winner in November. Finally, our polling showed a small bump in Obama's approval."

This week's grade: C+

Last week's: 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).