Zogby: Obama Errs in Not Talking Jobs

We found no approval bounce for the president after his deficit reduction speech.

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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: 118

"We found no approval bounce for the president after his deficit reduction speech and its vigorous defense of Medicare and Medicaid. Other polls show his approval slipping. Voters care most about jobs and the economy, and they remain quite discouraged. Instead of dealing with jobs, Obama has been forced by the Republicans to talk about the more draconian aspects of their deficit reduction plans and put forth his own ideas to cut spending. Obama may be winning that argument with the GOP, but when voters are worried about jobs, the deficit debate is just more partisan noise from Washington. Obama needs to show he cares and is acting to improve the economy. At the very least, an empathy tour may be needed."

This week's grade: D+

Last week's: B-

John Zogby is Chairman of the Board and Chief Insights Officer for IBOPE Zogby International, a non-partisan public opinion, research, and business solutions firm with experience working in more than 70 countries around the globe. IBOPE 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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