Pollster John Zogby reports in our weekly White House report card that President Obama's numbers are mixed, both in approval rating and right-direction, wrong-direction.
"I am a numbers guy and the numbers are mixed. Troubling for Obama is that so few Americans feel the U.S. is headed in the right direction (29 percent average) and that the stock market is falling. This could be the inevitable correction and the obvious impact of the Fed's tapering.
“He is also still upside down in public opinion toward Obamacare, though the gap between supporters and opponents is not really widening.
“On the flip side, his approval numbers are averaging at 43 percent, more like 44 percent in the most recent polls, and the numbers of applications for jobless benefits are considerably down. Unemployment is down to 6.6 percent, and only 113,000 new jobs were created, but November and December job numbers have been revised up.
“CBO comes out with a report that appears to be two-handed — Obamacare discourages people from staying on the job one day, but the next day, it encourages people to stay working. Thanks for the clarity, guys.
“And House Speaker John Boehner says there will be no immigration reform law this year, playing to his base and helping the president play to his."
Grade -- C
Zogby is the senior analyst for Zogby Analytics and author (with Joan Snyder Kuhl) of The First Globals: Understanding, Managing, and Unleashing our Millennial Generation.Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.