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: 96
"Our polling found the president's job approval rating tied for its lowest point since he took office at 42 percent, and his rating among Democrats fell to 78 percent, its lowest since the end of August. President Obama's G-20 Summit was seen as a failure, and the whole Asian trip appeared ill-timed. The chairs of his debt commission offered proposals that partisans of both the left and right panned, and soon enough Obama must take a side. Nancy Pelosi's election as Democratic House Minority Leader was a lose-lose for Obama. If the caucus had not supported her, the liberal base would have seen it as another party surrender to GOP pressure. Now that she stays as leader, other voters may conclude the Democrats have learned nothing from their defeat."
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).