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: 137
"Hurricane Irene dominated the news, and even though it didn't match Katrina's devastation of New Orleans, President Obama can draw some contrast to Team Bush's asleep at the switch response to that storm. Irene is projected to still be one of the nation's most costly natural disasters. The GOP will demand dollar-for-dollar cuts to match new disaster aid, and that will be an argument Obama should win with voters. Too bad for him most of the damage is in the deep blue Northeast rather than swing states. Not getting much play was the drone attack killing of al Qaeda's number two man. Finally, by a 49%-41% margin, voters in our poll said it was appropriate for the president to vacation on Martha's Vineyard. Otherwise, his polling numbers remain weak."
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).