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The ‘Blame Bush’ Era May Be at an End
Five Thirty Eight ^ | May 2, 2014 11:05 AM | Harry Enten

Posted on 05/02/2014 1:01:42 PM PDT by Olog-hai

President George W. Bush left the White House as one of the most disliked presidents in our nation’s history. With approval ratings struggling to hit 30 percent, he was an albatross hanging over fellow Republican John McCain during the 2008 presidential election. Even four years later, as President Obama ran for re-election, the majority of voters thought Bush was more responsible for economic problems in the United States than Obama.

But over the past year, polling data has begun to suggest that Bush is no longer quite the liability he once was for the GOP, and that most Americans no longer see the current economy as something Obama inherited.

Since April, Bush’s favorable rating has averaged 49.3 percent. His unfavorable rating has averaged 46.3 percent. More Americans now like Bush than dislike him. Of course, 49.3 percent is far lower than Jimmy Carter’s 58 percent favorability rating, recorded in April 2013, but Bush has seen a moderate improvement over the past four years. In his last weeks in office, Bush’s favorable rating averaged just 37.3 percent; his unfavorable rating averaged 57.8 percent.

Moreover, the percentage who believe that Obama inherited the nation’s current economic conditions has dipped below 50 percent for the first time. …

(Excerpt) Read more at fivethirtyeight.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: blamebush; liberalagenda; obama; thebuckstopshere

1 posted on 05/02/2014 1:01:42 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Dude, Bush was SIX years ago!!!


2 posted on 05/02/2014 1:03:16 PM PDT by all the best (sat`~!)
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To: Olog-hai

If the Blame Bush era is ending...it’s Bush’s fault.


3 posted on 05/02/2014 1:05:25 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator ( 2+2 = V)
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To: Olog-hai

For real progressives, like my in-laws, blaming Bush will never end. One of them said to me last year, “at least Democrats have hearts.” I think he’s the one who treated his sister-in-law’s medicine cabinet like a Pez dispenser, but at least his politics are superior to mine.


4 posted on 05/02/2014 1:15:15 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Olog-hai
Of course, 49.3 percent is far lower than Jimmy Carter’s 58 percent favorability rating, recorded in April 2013

Most people can't remember how bad things were under Jimma Carta.

5 posted on 05/02/2014 1:18:20 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Any discussion of the shortcomings of Obama with the liberals I encounter is immediately diverted to Bush and his war crimes and ruination of the economy that our brave young President Obama has struggled valiantly to undo.


6 posted on 05/02/2014 1:20:27 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: All
With approval ratings struggling to hit 30 percent...

And if the press treated the current POS the same as it did Bush, obammy's approval rating would be in the single digits.

7 posted on 05/02/2014 1:41:08 PM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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To: TangoLimaSierra

Good point. Obama gets very favorable media coverage.

I’ve heard somebody say that the media is in bed with Obama, they trade talking points and issues back and forth, so as to push the most favorable narrative for Obama.

We should have an independent press, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this is true. \

Where would Obama be in the polls, if the media were not carrying his water for him?????

Remember, these low polls numbers for Obama are in spite of the boost he gets from favorable media coverage.


8 posted on 05/02/2014 1:50:34 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Blood of Tyrants

They should have polled only people who were old enough to vote in 1976 when asking them to evaluate Carter. Those younger only know what they were told in school or by their parents.


9 posted on 05/02/2014 2:09:14 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

I was in high school in the late 70s and I clearly remember double digit unemployment and double digit inflation. Life under Carter sucked.


10 posted on 05/02/2014 2:11:11 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Olog-hai

“he was an albatross hanging over fellow Republican John McCain during the 2008 presidential election.”

The ONLY albatross hanging on McCain is McCain, THE MAVERICK.

By the way has anyone in the commie media called this ass a Maverick lately?


11 posted on 05/02/2014 2:17:14 PM PDT by DanZ
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To: Olog-hai

There’s no end to blaming Bush. It has become a liberal sacrament, not on the level yet with fetal blood sacrifice, but they probably utter “Bush’s fault” even in that ceremony.


12 posted on 05/02/2014 2:20:37 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
I guess some things were hard to miss.

Maybe "in high school by the time Carter left office" would be a better cut-off point.

13 posted on 05/02/2014 2:29:25 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Olog-hai

Hey thanks for the laugh. I needed it.


14 posted on 05/02/2014 3:20:22 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Every penny given to film and TV media companies goes right into enemy coffers. Starve them out!)
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15 posted on 05/02/2014 5:54:05 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: luvbach1
Any discussion of the shortcomings of Obama with the liberals I encounter is immediately diverted to Bush and his war crimes and ruination of the economy that our brave young President Obama has struggled valiantly to undo.

Would those be the same "progressives" whose trust funds are chock full of tax free municipal bonds and Halliburton and Smith & Wesson shares?

16 posted on 05/02/2014 5:57:43 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: Olog-hai

That means it’s time for Jeb??


17 posted on 05/02/2014 9:54:46 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : 'You can keep your doctor if you want. I never tell a lie ')
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To: sickoflibs
Heh. If the NY Slimes thinks so, then it certainly must be.
18 posted on 05/02/2014 9:56:38 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
RE :”Heh. If the NY Slimes thinks so, then it certainly must be. ‘

Jeb or Hillary.

They don't care which.

19 posted on 05/02/2014 9:59:29 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : 'You can keep your doctor if you want. I never tell a lie ')
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To: Olog-hai

20 posted on 05/02/2014 11:57:44 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: luvbach1

You said...
“Any discussion of the shortcomings of Obama with the liberals I encounter is immediately diverted to Bush and his war crimes and ruination of the economy that our brave young President Obama has struggled valiantly to undo”

We must encounter the same liberals


21 posted on 05/04/2014 9:43:23 AM PDT by LMAO (Insurgent conservative)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

For real progressives, like my in-laws, blaming Bush will never end.


They’re still not over President Reagan.


22 posted on 05/04/2014 9:46:16 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I was in high school in the late 70s and I clearly remember double digit unemployment and double digit inflation. Life under Carter sucked.


During Jimmy’s reign my mother worked full time in a factory and with “stagflation” we couldn’t make ends meet. She managed to find an additional part time job cleaning offices a few nights a week and we were still only squeeked by.


23 posted on 05/04/2014 9:50:14 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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