Obama Suffers From Ambiguous Mideast Policy

Another week where some days are good and some days are bad.

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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: 140

"Just when the president seems to have found a strong position to take against Republicans, he is forced to defend his ambiguous policy on Palestinian statehood on both the world and domestic stages. President Obama has gone a long way toward regaining the trust of the party base with both his jobs and deficit reduction plans. Just as importantly, he came up with a bumper sticker line to counter Republican arguments against increased taxes on the rich, saying it was about simple math, not class warfare. The official end of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' also helps restore trust on the left. However, Obama may please no one by both supporting a two-state solution, yet having us veto a U.N. proposal to recognize a Palestinian state. With Republicans and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu aligning against him, Obama has to worry about loss of Jewish electoral support."

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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