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: 152
"Congress is skidding toward a gridlock crash that could shut down the government and increase the payroll tax. Everyone in Washington, including President Obama, loses if either occurs. That's the bad news for Team Obama. But, after hours, he and his campaign staff can toast their good fortune of having Newt Gingrich take an even stronger hold as GOP front-runner and look forward to a protracted nomination fight that could really crack open divisions between the Republican establishment and Tea Party voters. Every day Republicans spend bashing each other and not Obama is a good day for the president. Best of all during the holiday season are the images of U.S. soldiers coming home from Iraq, making Americans feel good and reminding them of a promise kept by the president."
This week's grade: C+
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).