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: 103
"The president is coming back from a good vacation and a string of legislative victories. Lots of fanfare about the new Congress, new speaker, the Tea Party, repeal of health care reform, and massive reductions in spending. But if he couldn't unite his own party, the Republicans will. It will be a whole lot easier for President Obama to stare down Speaker John Boehner than a speaker from his own party. My latest polling shows his numbers climbing back up, especially because of stronger numbers from Democrats. Will Republicans help him make gain among independents as they placate the tea drinkers among them?"
This week's grade: B+
Last week's: A
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).