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: 97
"Our most recent polling found the president's approval rating the lowest of his time in office at 39 percent, with most of the loss from the previous week coming among Democrats. The same poll found him trailing Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, and Newt Gingrich and leading Sarah Palin by one point in hypothetical 2012 match-ups. While President Obama would prefer to begin winning back the support of independents he began losing last year, his more immediate task might be reassuring the Democratic base that he will stand up to the Republicans, who have made clear their goal is to defeat him in 2012. Fortunately, Republicans are confronting him on an issue where he should have both liberals and many independents on his side: the START nuclear arms treaty. But that issue is no more than a sidebar to the invasive pat downs and body scans at the nation's airports; and of course the President finds himself in the middle of this no-win situation."
This week's grade: D-
Last week's: D-
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).