Wisconsin Budget Crisis Is Crying for Obama

Obama must hope that voters who may not like unions dislike union busters even more.

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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: 111

"A government shutdown has been avoided—for now. Qaddafi is hanging on and becoming more unhinged and dangerous, so President Obama has told him he must go. The debate is whether Obama and the United States should lead an effort to forcibly remove him, but finding the public and national will here and among our allies is difficult. So far, he has handled the situation well. In Wisconsin, the state where unions helped him to a pivotal 2008 primary win, he spoke more forcefully on behalf of state workers. It was becoming a political necessity for him to weigh in on behalf of the most electorally effective part of the Democratic base. He must hope that voters who may not like unions dislike union busters even more."

This week's grade: B-

Last week's: B-

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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