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.