Zogby: Obama Saddled With Economic Concerns

The president has entered budget talks, which have been mired in impasse.


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: 128

"The president has entered the budget talks which have been mired in impasse. The stakes are very high for his political future and for the nation with a possible default only about a month away. He has called for an end to some of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and he is taking his case directly to the American people. His Afghanistan troop pullout plan is popular with voters of all political stripes but his overall polling numbers are stuck in the low to mid-40s. The Republican campaign has some clear frontrunners, none of whom best the president in match ups, at least not yet. And mixed signals on the economy. The Fed says the recovery is moving along slowly, but the diners at Zeina's Café in Utica don't agree one bit."

This week's grade: C-

Last week's: C+

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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