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: 147
"Various polls show the president's approval rating holding steady below 50 percent, but that is still better than that of Republicans or Congress. Mitt Romney is the only GOP candidate who comes close to Obama in head-to-head polling. Occupy Wall Street has turned political attention away from deficits and toward jobs, income inequality and taxing the rich, all of which help Obama without him needing to take a stand on the unwieldy movement itself. Herman Cain's trouble explaining away several sexual harassment claims have turned the GOP nominating process into a sideshow that Democrats are enjoying. Obama also made Congressional Democrats happy by downgrading the role of Chief of Staff Bill Daley. The lopsided defeat of Ohio's anti-union ballot proposal was a big win for organized labor and for Obama hopefully a precursor of a similar mobilization for him next year. And rejection of the ''life begins at conception" proposal shows that even in Mississippi, actions favored by the far right can be judged too extreme."
This week's grade: B-
Last week's: B-
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).