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: 141
"President Obama spent another week on the campaign trail promoting his jobs plan and making pointed distinctions between himself and Republicans. His most controversial comments were aimed at the Congressional Black Caucus, telling its members to 'shake it off, stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying.' Time will tell whether he inspired or alienated African-Americans. Our polling showed his job approval steady at a 42 percent, with some increase in real satisfaction with him among loyal Democrats. Obama avoided a government shutdown showdown with Republicans over offsetting disaster relief costs, but only because FEMA found it had enough money. Meanwhile, the GOP race became more muddled. Rick Perry's fall may not be good for Team Obama, and an entry by Chris Christie should cause them to re-calibrate re-election strategy."
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).