Zogby: Obama Gets the Blame for GOP Rout

There is no escaping the harsh judgment voters delivered to Barack Obama.

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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 D for week 94 of his presidency.

John Zogby on Week: 94

"There is no escaping the harsh judgment voters delivered to Barack Obama. Our polling showed 56 percent of voters saying the election was a referendum on the president. His campaigning for specific candidates failed, including for the Democrat running to hold his old Senate seat. Even his appearance on the Daily Show fell flat, as he sounded like George W. Bush after Hurricane Katrina by saying economic czar Laurence Summers was doing a "heckuva job." On the plus side, Democrats did hold on to the Senate, and the House Republican majority could overreach and make him look better in 2012. In his day-after news conference, Obama repeatedly said he wanted to work with Republicans and find compromises, even citing some specifics. That is what voters want to hear, but making it happen will be far easier said than done."

This week's grade: D

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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