Zogby: Obama Needs To Energize His Base

Polling shows the congressional race tightening but Obama must do more.

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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 minus for week 90 of his presidency.

John Zogby on Week 90:

It's been a quiet week at the White House, as Congress has gone home to campaign. Our polling, along with some others, shows Democrats closing the gap in the congressional generic ballot. When it appears that one side is headed for a big win more than a month out from an election, polls normally tighten. Given that Republicans are no more popular (perhaps less so) than the Democrats, this movement should not be surprising. However, there is still a lot of variation among different polls, as we all try to identify who will actually vote. The starkest reality for Obama and his party is that the primarily Republican older white middle-class voters are always more likely to vote in a midterm than are the Democratic majorities among the young, the poor and racial minorities. Those Democratic voters elected Obama, and he had better do more to roust them out to vote than he has so far.

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

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