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: 124
"The president's approval rating has held steady at 48 percent for nearly a month. That is a solid number considering continued hard economic times and high gas prices. It's too soon to believe this level of approval is permanent, but the White House has to be encouraged by how long the bin Laden 'bump' has already lasted. The percentage saying Obama deserves re-election (41%) should be a problem, but won't be until Republicans find a candidate voters believe in. By 47 percent to 33 percent, voters expect Obama to be re-elected. The president's current challenge, getting Congress to pass an increase in the debt ceiling, could have great consequences. As he has done in previous legislative struggles, Obama is working more behind the scenes, and not saying much that would further mobilize Tea Party activists. He would prefer that business interests make the case to congressional Republicans for accepting a debt limit increase in exchange for limited budget cuts."
This week's grade: B
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).