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Gallup: Most Americans still blame Bush more than Obama for economic woes

THIS isn’t exactly great news for President Obama, but it’s better than the proverbial sharp stick in the eye:

Although the struggling economy under President Barack Obama’s leadership will likely define the outcome of this year’s general election, more Americans continue to hold former President George W. Bush accountable for the nation’s economic problems, according to a new poll.

The poll, released by Gallup Thursday, showed that 68 percent of Americans place either a great deal or moderate amount of economic blame on Bush, whereas 52 percent blame Obama. Republicans more universally ascribe the bad economy to the incumbent president, with 83 percent holding Obama responsible and 49 percent attributing the same level of blame to Bush. An overwhelming 90 percent of Democrats still blame Bush for the nation’s economic problems, as opposed to only 19 percent who place blame on Obama, showing that Republicans are far more willing to hold Bush responsible than Democrats are willing to blame Obama.

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  1. expdoc

    Too bad for the President there isn’t a Bush on the ticket this year. He is going to actually have to run on his record for the last 4 years.

  2. doc: And what is Mittens going to run on? His failed governorship? His countless lies?

    Besides, if memory serves, you predicted in a comment of a few months ago that Obama will win. So, I guess it’s not really “too bad for the President there isn’t a Bush on the ticket this year,” is it?

  3. Neftali

    Romney did the best he could as gov of Massachusetts, but he was severely hampered by the left-dominated legislature. Not only that, but if you believe his campaign speeches over the past 8 years, he has grown more conservative as he has grown older.

    Romney in the executive branch, coupled with the possibility of Republican majorities in the House and Senate, should bring back unemployment rates to under 6% like it was during a similar period during the Bush years. However, unlike the Bush years, excessive spending will be held in check thanks to the Tea party reps, which basically means fiscal prosperity and responsibility next year.

    It will be nice to see the country get back on track with jobs created. Everything started going downhill when Pelosi took over the House in 2007.

  4. expdoc

    Pat,

    I did predict an Obama win a few months ago. The Walker recall election results as well as the looming fiscal crisises at home and abroad are starting to make me question that prediction.

    If Romney picks a strong running mate, and the Supreme Court significantly limits Obamacare . then the equation will have changed completely. The Obama team is not going to be able to run on hope and change and can no longer use GWB as an excuse.

    They are going to have to come up with a real plan to curtail entitlement spending and balance the budget. A plan that isn’t about demonizing business or the rich and a plan that can be enacted, even if there is Republican control of the House and/or Senate.

  5. Truth About Energy

    Gallup’s data has been bad for some time now. I’m surprised that they haven’t attempted to correct it. Gallup tracks unemployment. While Gallup’s figure has been going down, the actual figure has been going up. The problem with Gallup’s method is that it is based on telephone call response. Well, we know what Democrats will say and do to make unemployment look better. It would not surprise me if unions have been instructing their unemployed members to tell the pollster that they are employed.

  6. Truth About Energy

    Which party has more hubris right now?

    “An overwhelming 90 percent of Democrats still blame Bush for the nation’s economic problems, as opposed to only 19 percent who place blame on Obama, showing that Republicans are far more willing to hold Bush responsible than Democrats are willing to blame Obama.”

  7. Truth About Energy: Why are you so surprised that “Republicans are far more willing to hold Bush responsible than Democrats are willing to blame Obama”?

    Why would anyone want to attribute more blame to Obama than to Bush?

    But then, you’re the one who recently predicted, without any supporting evidence, that “Ohio and maybe Pennsylvania will be solidly in the Republican camp” in November.

  8. CHOPPERGIRL

    5 Reasons Americans are right to blame Bush for the Economy:
    http://digg.com/newsbar/topnews/5_reasons_americans_are_right_to_blame_bush_for_the_economy

  9. expdoc

    Nice link choppergirl.

    Of course of the 5 reasons you list for the failing economy, Obama has only addressed at best 1 1/2 of them in his 3 plus years in office. In fact, really only one, as he ended the war in Iraq (on roughly the same timeline for which Bush had planned) but escalated the war in Afghanistan.

    I still wonder why the Nobel committee hasn’t demanded it’s peace prize back.

  10. @ Neftali says: “Romney did the best he could as gov of Massachusetts, but he was severely hampered by the left-dominated legislature.”

    That is where people on the right get it all wrong. First, before he was Gov of my state, he tried his hand at unseating Ted Kennedy in the Senate. He was famous for touting that he would be more friendly to the gays then Ted. Second, when he did become Gov of my state, he used his veto power to destroy any infrastructure/job creation bills that landed on his desk, successfully making us number 47 in job creation in the USA. Third, the last two years of his Governorship, he spent most, of his time outside of the state trying to get support for a presidential run and became extremely anti-gay, even stopping helpful programs he had put in place. He never was pushed around by the “left”. Regardless of what people believe, Massachusetts is not full of hippies. My state is full of the most educated people in the country, with the best colleges and hospitals, where equality and fairness along with helping the citizens is more important that buying up a business then destroying it, like Mitt has always done.

  11. Corey: Well said.

  12. shawnnews

    The arguments about Romney’s incompetence fail. Obama modeled the health care bill on Romneycare. David Frum said it and all the progressive columnists noted this also. To claim Romney is some sort of moron is to then draw attention to the fact that Obama federalized some of his ideas.
    Romney’s problem actually is that he’s not a conservative. I don’t think Mitt has a chance because he really doesn’t have the support of the club — he doesn’t really believe the party line but certainly needs the support of people who do. Massachutsetts isn’t going to elect an actual conservative as governor.

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