- - Sunday, September 30, 2012

Pollster John Zogby grades the president’s week and how the week’s events affect his re-election chances:

Grade: C+

“Unemployment claims hit their lowest level in months, with some leading economists suggesting that job growth is stronger. The president spoke to the world at the United Nations, but dissed the new president of Egypt by not including him in his schedule.

“Not a good move away from someone who is destined to play a critical role in any new peace initiatives and who is steering this very large country toward a more moderate Islamic model. But Mr. Obama appeared on ‘The View,’ which is a form of penance in itself. (Kidding!)

“The president still maintains a solid lead in most polls and is now leading in 7 of 9 battleground states. In fact, with new polling in Ohio by several organizations, Ohio is now in the “leans Obama” column. With new Wisconsin polling showing the same, today the President is at 265 electoral votes, needing only 5 more to win. Is it over? Of course not. Governor Romney is a seasoned debater and performed very well against tough Republican opponents earlier this year.

“An Obama gaffe, a global crisis, a strong debate performance — any one of these three puts Mr. Romney right back in the game. Two out of three changes the momentum of the race. Three is a blessing. But only one of those options is in his control.”

Last week’s grade: B

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