Obama Should Be Wary of 'Occupy' Movement

Obama keeps "Occupy' movement at arm's length.


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: 143

"A Senate majority supported the president's jobs bill, with every Republican opposed. Obama is counting on the bill staying popular and using it to hammer Republicans. Unfortunately for him, two Democrats up for election next year voted no, allowing the GOP to say opposition was bipartisan. People on the streets in the growing Occupy Wall Street (and other cities) are sick of the gamesmanship by both parties. Obama is keeping the movement at arm's length, and should realize it is in part a repudiation of him, and that he can't count on these angry voters' support a year from now. The week's best news for Obama may have come from big business leaders who hold nearly all the seats on his Jobs Council. The council's interim report is very similar to Obama's own jobs plan. Maybe Obama has more business friends in high places than people think."

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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