Washington Post: Most Americans Still Blame Bush for Bad Economy


This post made me chuckle a bit because no matter how the stats rack up, Republicans and Conservatives still place most of the blame for the bad economy of President Obama but most Americans and, importantly, registered independent voters, blame former President George W, Bush for the state of the economy according to this Washington Post-ABC News poll.

From the story:

Fifty-four percent of respondents said that Bush was more to blame while 29 percent put the blame on Obama; 9 percent said both men deserved blame while 6 percent said neither did. Among registered voters, the numbers are almost identical; 54 percent blame Bush, while 30 percent blame Obama.

Independents, widely considered the most critical voting bloc this fall, continue to blame Bush far more than Obama for the economic troubles. Fifty-seven percent of unaffiliated voters put the blame on the former Republican president, while 25 percent believe the blame rests more with Obama.

Heck, even one in five Republicans say Bush is more responsible than Obama for the state of the economy!

The economic blame game numbers are somewhat remarkable given that Obama is in the third year of his presidency, a tenure defined by the continued economic distress in the country.

We’ve written for quite some time that the longer Obama is in office (and the longer Bush is out of it), the more likely it is that blame for the economy would shift toward him. But, these numbers suggest — gasp! — we were wrong.

Early in his presidency, Obama spent considerable rhetorical time and energy making sure people knew the economic difficulties he had inherited from Bush.

Republicans criticized that backward-looking approach, arguing that whatever had happened in the past, it was up to Obama to make things better in the future.

When taking that into account, we’ll also note that organizers turned in nearly twice the number of petitions required to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is amassing a warchest that looks to make Tea Party Senator Scott Brown’s short run in the US Senate, wel, short.  As it looks increasingly likely that Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee, Tea Party teeth are gnashing at the prospect.

The next ten months are going to be fun to watch.

  5 comments for “Washington Post: Most Americans Still Blame Bush for Bad Economy

  1. cook
    January 18, 2012 at 9:19 am

    So 1 in 5 blame Bush, 20 percent.
    so 3 in 10 blame Obama, 30 percent.

    The current admin offer another way, and it hasn’t worked. So should the voters give a second chance and double up, risking a full 8 years of failures.

    Or should the voters change dick’s in the middle of a screw?

    Remember, Bush can not be fired.

    • Roger
      January 22, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      That’s 1 in 5 Republicans that blame Bush, not 1 in 5 respondents.

      Also, what makes you think it would’ve been possible for any president to repair the economy after the meltdown from Wall street’s 50 trillion credit bubble? Were you just not paying attention to the news for the last few years?

      The old Republican fall back argument that it was Fannie and Freddie no longer holds any water. The official report on the financial crisis released by Stanford University places the bulk of the blame on Wall Street’s reckelessness.

      Anyone who has taken a high school economics course can tell you that it will take at least 10 years to pull out of this mess which was created between the years 2002 and 2008. President Obama’s actions are the only reason why this country isn’t experiencing a total depression. The last thing we need is another Republican in office to turn that 10 years into 20 or 30. That party has done enough damage already.

      • cook
        January 22, 2012 at 10:13 pm

        “tell you that it will take at least 10 years to pull out of this mess”

        I believe that too, that is why this will be known as the great depression of the 21st century and Obama with its poster child just like Hoover was for the 20th century.

        • Roger
          January 22, 2012 at 10:56 pm

          A: Hoover didn’t create the great depression
          B: Obama didn’t cause the financial sector to collapse in 2008

          • cook
            January 23, 2012 at 8:49 am

            Correct again, but they are the ones who will be blamed.

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