Zogby: Reelection Hangs on Debt Deal

The president's poll standing right now is awful.

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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.

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John Zogby on Week: 131

"Summers are cruel for Democrats (Carter and malaise, Dukakis and the tank, Clinton and the grand jury, Kerry and the swift boats), and the tradition is continuing in grand style for Obama. He's had nothing but lousy summers, including the election year of 2008 when his poll numbers took a dive. The president's poll standing right now is awful, with the only consolation being voter perception that he is more reasonable than the GOP in the debt limit debate. But he is losing control of that debate and may need the moral equivalent of the Navy Seals to grab hold of this issue. A win (i.e. an agreement that prevents government default) saves his term and his chances for 2012. But the cost to him will still be high. A debt limit is unlikely to create jobs, and the juiced-up emphasis on deficits make new stimulus policies even more unlikely."

This week's grade: D

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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