- - Sunday, June 24, 2012

Grade: B

“President Obama gets upgraded from C to B this week. Last week’s report card came out before any real polling to measure the impact of his news conference announcing that children of illegal immigrants could have, under specific circumstances, a path to staying in the U.S. and citizenship. In the polling done by JZ Analytics, taken last weekend, Mr. Obama jumped to a 4-point lead over presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney — 47 percent to 43 percent.

“His job performance rating stayed at 46 percent, but, more importantly, the policy gave the president a bump of 6 points among Hispanics who support his re-election (to 67 percent; he won 69 percent in 2008) and 18 points among 18-to-29-year-olds (to 64 percent; he won 66 percent in 2008). He now has a majority (53 percent) among moderates and leads among independents 42 percent to 37 percent. These are all numbers that are within striking distance of his 2008 performance.

“By no means do they mean that Mr. Obama has reached a done deal with voters, but they do show what a sitting president can do once he takes a stand that his base (and majority of public opinion) favors.

“The Supreme Court will likely rule this week on the president’s health care reform law and the federal case against Arizona’s controversial immigration law — and that will be reflected in next week’s report card. But for now, like it or not, Mr. Obama has solidified his base.”

Last week’s grade: C

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