Obama Starts To Revive African-American Vote

President continues to target young voters.

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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: 92

"As the campaign enters its closing days, little has changed to improve the outlook for President Obama and his party. Their odds of holding a Senate majority seem stronger, but Republicans continue to hold leads of several points or more in national generic ballot polls for the House. Democratic House candidates are trying to make their races local, which means keeping some distance from the president. He is campaigning in five states over four days for Senate incumbents Harry Reid, Barbara Boxer, and Patty Murray, as well as for gubernatorial candidates in California, Oregon, and Minnesota. Obama is still his party's best weapon to rouse the party base, and one study found African-American turnout may be strong. Obama continues to go after the young vote with an Oct. 27 appearance on the Daily Show."

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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