Zogby: At Least Obama's Better Off Than GOP

Obama is asserting a centrist position on the debt limit, while the GOP is being cornered by the Tea Party.

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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: 132

"Only because politics is a zero sum game can I say Barack Obama had a good week. Our IBOPE Zogby interactive poll found positive bumps for the president in both job approval (45%) and agreement he deserves re-election (40%), and more importantly he went from being tied or losing to seven different Republicans to being ahead of all of them, with only the reluctant Chris Christie, New Jersey's governor, trailing by less than the margin of error. In his prime time speech, Obama again asserted a centrist position on the debt limit, while House Republicans have cornered themselves into a space held only by its Tea Party base. Still, there is no agreement and the Democrats keep giving ground on policy. Even if a deal is struck and economic disaster averted, unemployment will still be too high and public hope for the future still quite low."

This week's grade: C

Last week's: D

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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