Zogby: Obama Avoids Disaster

By not raising taxes on the wealthy, the debt ceiling deal failed to satisfy the president's Democratic base.

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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: 133

Maybe the best that can be said is President Obama got a debt ceiling agreement and avoided disaster, but given the state of the nation, that should count for something. He made clear he was for shared sacrifice that included more tax revenue from the wealthy, which voters prefer over the no new revenue stand taken by Republicans. But in the end, Obama and the Dems had to swallow a bill that requires nothing from the corporate jet crowd. Obama avoided another debate ceiling vote before the 2012 elections and walled off Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security from the first round of cuts. But entitlements are vulnerable to changes from the 12-member "Super Congress" that will recommend the rest of the deficit reduction called for in the agreement. The final package is a turnoff for the Democratic base, but those voters are so frightened of the Tea Party that it will take much more than this deal for them to abandon Obama.

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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