Obama's Trouble: Connecting With Voters

He has great personal equilibrium but can't connect with voters.


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 for week 91 of his presidency.

John Zogby on Week 91:

"With the election less than three weeks away, President Obama is less worried about offending big business and more interested in taking on the Chamber of Commerce, as he questions whether money from foreign companies is helping to finance ads against Democratic candidates. Voters are almost as angry at corporate moguls as they are at politicians, so this seems like a good card to play. The president has made some campaign trips, but stuck to blue states where he would do no harm, leaving the campaigner-in-chief role for the master, Bill Clinton. A lengthy New York Times interview reinforces Obama's image as a man with great personal equilibrium, but this also partly explains why he is now having trouble connecting with voters who want clear cut answers and solutions."

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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