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Poll: More blame Bush than Obama (for the country’s ongoing economic problem)
Politico ^ | 06/14/2012 | Tim Mak

Posted on 06/14/2012 4:17:58 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Americans continue to place more blame for the country’s ongoing economic problems on former President George W. Bush than on President Barack Obama, a new survey shows.

Though Bush has been out of office for nearly three and a half years, 68 percent blame him a "great deal" or "moderate amount" for the nation's economic woes, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday. Meanwhile, 52 percent of Americans believe the same about Obama. There exists a partisan divide on who blames who for the current economic distress, but Republicans are more willing to blame Bush than Democrats are willing to blame Barack Obama.

In fact, 49 percent of Republicans said Bush was greatly or moderately responsible for America’s economic woes, compared to 51 percent who said he wasn’t. On the other hand, 19 percent of Democrats blame Obama for the current distress, while 81 percent say he is “not much” or “not at all” responsible.

Obama’s share of the blame has been relatively steady over the past three years: since 2010, between 48 percent and 53 percent of Americans have blamed him for the economic problems facing the United States.

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bush; economy; obama
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1 posted on 06/14/2012 4:18:14 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
ALSO:

Bush’s continued unpopularity - he was recently polled as the least popular living ex-president - may have an impact on the 2012 presidential race, since some of the potential running mates for GOP candidate Mitt Romney are deeply tied to Bush, who served in the White House from 2001 to 2009.

For example, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman was the director of Office of Management and Budget from 2006 to 2007; Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels held the same position from 2001 to 2003. And of course, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is George W. Bush’s brother.

The Gallup poll was conducted June 7-10, with a sample of 1,004 adults and a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

2 posted on 06/14/2012 4:19:11 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

The truth is that, people WOULD blame Obama, but they also do NOT want to be accused with the “r” word.


3 posted on 06/14/2012 4:19:35 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Derisive SNORT.


4 posted on 06/14/2012 4:20:37 AM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: SeekAndFind

Also because GWB became a RINO over time.


5 posted on 06/14/2012 4:20:58 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: SeekAndFind

“More Blame Bush Than Obama”

Why?

(just asking)


6 posted on 06/14/2012 4:22:03 AM PDT by ripley
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, IF that is true, and that is a BIG IF, those people are WRONG. Obama is the one who blew all that money.


7 posted on 06/14/2012 4:23:00 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: SeekAndFind

But the bad economy is going to be Obama’s downfall come this November.


8 posted on 06/14/2012 4:23:10 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Poll: More want free stuff from the government without moving their fat ass off the couch.


9 posted on 06/14/2012 4:24:12 AM PDT by 109ACS (If this be Treason, then make the most of it. Patrick Henry, May 1765)
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To: SeekAndFind

Looks like the 3 years of Bush bashing from the WH and MSM are having an affect. Just sayin.


10 posted on 06/14/2012 4:25:01 AM PDT by duckman (Go Newt...)
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To: SeekAndFind

If true, then people are more politically misinformed than I previously believed — which is hard to believe, since I believe most people have no idea what they’re talking about when it comes to government issues. They parrot what the people on the TV tell them...which is the case here, certainly, but to a ludicrous extent. W had such promise, and he went RiNO (which grates on me still), but — Jimmy Carter is still alive, and anybody who believes he was better than W wasn’t paying attention.


11 posted on 06/14/2012 4:25:49 AM PDT by HGSW0904
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To: SeekAndFind

This just proves how STUPID so many people are...............


12 posted on 06/14/2012 4:26:35 AM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: SeekAndFind

The people may blame Bush, but they hired Obama to fix it.

So far, there is not enough progress in fixing things.

The people will hire Romney and give him a chance.


13 posted on 06/14/2012 4:28:12 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Poll of all adults....

Note Obama’s critical number... 52 percent blame HIM (Bush and Obama are not mutually exclusive).

Remember that Bush isn’ running. 52% blame Obama. He needs 50.0001 to win....


14 posted on 06/14/2012 4:28:17 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: SeekAndFind

A tree falls on my house.

I hire a contractor to fix my roof.

This contractor spends the next few months talking with me, planning and is being a really nice guy, but the roof is still not fixed.

I will go out and hire another contractor.


15 posted on 06/14/2012 4:31:20 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: Erik Latranyi

If Romney is concerned this constant blame bush is becoming a problem, just begin a campaign pointing out that all spending bills begin in the house which was controlled by the dems during Bush’s last few years and continue by noting that the senate leader, mr a hole supreme, has bottled up any GOP plans to reign in the debt. Lastly, Odummy was a senator while all this was going on who did nothing but run for president.


16 posted on 06/14/2012 4:32:27 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: SeekAndFind

17 posted on 06/14/2012 4:35:34 AM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: SeekAndFind

Poll: Majority of thinking Americans believe Politico is run by a bunch of lefties who are in the tank for Omaba.


18 posted on 06/14/2012 4:39:07 AM PDT by JaguarXKE (If my Fluffy had a puppy, it would look like the puppy Obama ate!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I am no Bush supporter. I think he had a horrible record on government spending and entitlements but this poll result is sad. And it has a lot to do with the fact that Bush never effectively defendend himself while in office. It was almost as if that broke some “gentlemen’s code” of not getting down in the muck. He was going to take the “high road” and not respond to daily Dem lies about him. And the result is that there is a perception, three years after he left office, that he is to blame for the current economy. He isn’t.


19 posted on 06/14/2012 4:42:18 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Mouton

It amazes me that Congress always gets a pass on this in the press. It’s always either Bush or Obama. Do pollsters even ask about the role played by the Pelosi/Reid cartel?
Obama, Biden, and Hillary were all Senators in a Dem controlled Congress; how do they get a free pass?


20 posted on 06/14/2012 4:43:42 AM PDT by csmusaret (I will give Obama credit for one thing- he is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bush isn’t blameless, especially given his reluctance to exercise the veto, but the budget (and with it the economy) began to go to hell once the Democrats took Congress in 2006, (with their spending policies starting to manifest themselves a year later), and totally went to pieces with Obama’s election and Porkulus.

I’d guess 90% of the population is hopeless when it comes to understanding the budget process in this country, and I expect that’s by design. Jerkwad Clinton can smugly claim to have passed “the last four balanced budgets this country’s seen” - all while acquiescing to Newt Gingrich’s budgets.

And Obama can claim that he’s stuck with spending “baked into the budget by Bush”, when what he’s really got is spending baked into the budget starting with that Democrat congress from 2006, and maintained in place by continuing resolution due to the fact that the Reid Senate hasn’t even thought about a budget in almost three years.


21 posted on 06/14/2012 4:44:21 AM PDT by Stosh
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To: SeekAndFind

This shows the power the media STILL has better than anything else. The economic collapse of 2008 was CAUSED by Democrats more than anything else yet the media successfully blamed, and continue to blame, Bush. Of course the real culprits in Congress have helped the media every step of the way.


22 posted on 06/14/2012 4:45:27 AM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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To: SeekAndFind

whoopee, lets have a national referendum on who to BLAME!
That will take up our time and attention!
That will solve...... oh wait

No, let’s have a national vote on who is likely to fix the economy, or at least do less harm.

ABO

Notice how the uS Congressional leaders from 2006, Pelosi and Reid, Frank, Dodd, and others who ran the committees and ran the economy into the hole...completely skip responsibility?


23 posted on 06/14/2012 4:45:31 AM PDT by silverleaf (Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Republicans need to put the real unemployment stats out there. It was at 5.4% through most of his two terms. Didn’t spike until the rats took over the House and the housing market collapsed at the very end of his second term.


24 posted on 06/14/2012 4:45:38 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: SeekAndFind

hat is because when Obama blames Bush (24/7) we all cry out - “stop whining,” instead of presenting the facts proving “it ain’t so.” As an example re the housing debacle, his original idea was to buy out the toxic assets and auction them al la the credit union problems a few years ago.


25 posted on 06/14/2012 4:46:16 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Poll question: The bad economy and all our other problems are Bush’s fault, aren’t they?


26 posted on 06/14/2012 4:46:58 AM PDT by JewishRighter (Anybody but Hussein)
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To: Erik Latranyi

“This contractor spends the next few months talking with me, planning and is being a really nice guy, but the roof is still not fixed.”

That’s a good analogy but you forgot that he spent your down payment on lunch for his crew then released a million termites onto your roof.


27 posted on 06/14/2012 4:52:43 AM PDT by ryan71
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To: ripley

More blame Bush... Why?

Because ‘we’ have never boldly responded with the truth. The last two years Bush was in office, Obama and the democrats controlled both houses. The fiscal woes were their’s just as much or more than Bush’s responsibility.

Now DNC ads are doing the same thing to Romney regarding his record in MA. He had to work with Democratic houses as well.


28 posted on 06/14/2012 4:59:39 AM PDT by PastorJimCM (truth matters)
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To: silverleaf

When baraq was running for president, he proclaimed that he would fix everything. Their media kinda forgot about that.
And while Mr. Bush was in office, he was portrayed as a bumbling fool that couldn’t accomplish anything.
NOW he is the evil that is responsible for the ecomony 3 years down the road?

The party’s media is just trying to cover up barrys’ utter incompetance. Might work on a few folks, but the proof in out there.


29 posted on 06/14/2012 5:00:08 AM PDT by Texas resident (November 6 - Vote Against obama)
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To: Biggirl
The truth is that, people WOULD blame Obama, but they also do NOT want to be accused with the “r” word.

IMHO, they'll blame Bowbama come November...in the privacy of the voting booth! And, then lie to the exit pollsters...

30 posted on 06/14/2012 5:01:44 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: SeekAndFind

I’d like to see the question or questions asked.

I participated in a Gallup poll last night and noticed they had some two-part questions, or basically asking the same or similar question at the beginning of the survey, then asking it worded differently at the end.

Also, many of the questions I was asked were a push-poll type. So they could have asked two different questions, one being a push question for Bush and the other regarding obama presented in some other form.


31 posted on 06/14/2012 5:01:58 AM PDT by Heart of Georgia
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Why?

Because the so many Americans are pathetic dim bulbs, without the ability to apply critical thought to the latest episode of The Kardashians, much less the underlying causes of the current economic malaise.


32 posted on 06/14/2012 5:05:28 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: SeekAndFind

Which don’t mean $hit, because Bush isn’t running and Obumble is!


33 posted on 06/14/2012 5:05:38 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Beagle8U
They may blame Bush

But they know Obama can't fix the economy

34 posted on 06/14/2012 5:11:34 AM PDT by scooby321 (h tones)
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To: SeekAndFind

And they haven’t the faintest idea that democrats Frank and Dodd plus the Black Caucus caused the Fannie Mae Melt Down

And of course Kick Me Again Bush and the GOP did nothing to place the blame where it belonged


35 posted on 06/14/2012 5:18:09 AM PDT by uncbob
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To: SeekAndFind

Strange that no one blames the true culprits, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, the Democrat-dominated Congress and the corrupt media.


36 posted on 06/14/2012 5:22:42 AM PDT by eCSMaster (Conservative patriots, Rise up!)
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To: SeekAndFind
68% & 52% = 120%

Polutico spin machine.

37 posted on 06/14/2012 5:25:47 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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And of course Kick Me Again Bush and the GOP did nothing to place the blame where it belonged

That's half the problem right there. The GOP should be out there setting the record straight on President Bush's jobs record. I recall during W's years there were so many jobs out there that they were hiring retirees to fill them.

38 posted on 06/14/2012 5:32:23 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: SeekAndFind

Afterall, one must identify the “root causes” of under-performance of minorities in the executive office, and make appropriate accommodations to make up for their historic impediments to success and also racial inequality so that they can achieve equity in outcome.


39 posted on 06/14/2012 5:45:47 AM PDT by RFEngineer
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Survey Methods
Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted June 7-10, 2012, with a random sample of 1,004 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

Who are these people that have nothing better to do?


40 posted on 06/14/2012 5:49:43 AM PDT by BO Stinkss
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The only pertinent part of this poll is that of the two only one is running for POTUS. Geo. W. Bush deserves a lot of blame for the bad economy along with a BUSHel full of rhinos he had helping him destroy the republican party. I pray these moderates who haven't been kicked out in recent elections have learned something from the Bush disaster but I fear the only cure for rhinos is an early retirement.
41 posted on 06/14/2012 5:55:49 AM PDT by ontap
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To: SeekAndFind

This is what happens when an ex president feels he’s ‘above’ offering a defense of his administration to his critics.


42 posted on 06/14/2012 6:02:14 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: jersey117

We can’t allow them to take the President Bush’s entire record and twist it because of the democrat-fueled housing collapse which occurred at the end of his presidency. We just can’t. Republicans should not allow this distortion of facts. This was written before the collapse.

http://aging.senate.gov/crs/pension36.pdf

Retiring Baby-Boomers = A Labor Shortage?

Summary

“The unemployment rate in 2007 averaged just 4.6%, which is low by historic standards and suggests the presence of tight labor market conditions that are related to long-running demographic trends. The oldest members of the baby-boom generation turned age 60 at the end of 2006, and every year thereafter, more of this large birth-cohort will move into the ages when workers traditionally have retired.

Consequently, the business community in particular has asserted that the future supply of labor will fall short of employer demand and that U.S. economic growth and competitiveness would be put in jeopardy.”


43 posted on 06/14/2012 6:06:53 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: Stosh

The last Republican budget had a $168B deficit. The least since the Clinton era $77B deficit. (No, there was no surplus.)
Sadly, people in the United States cannot do math.


44 posted on 06/14/2012 6:10:18 AM PDT by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: jersey117
We can’t allow them to take the President Bush’s entire record and twist it because of the democrat-fueled housing collapse which occurred at the end of his presidency

I can and do blame Bush and the GOP for spending so recklessly that they allowed the Democrats the opportunity to run as the fiscally conservative choice. The Dems have been a disaster but the GOP set the table. We have to keep that in mind when the GOP gets back control.

45 posted on 06/14/2012 6:21:54 AM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: duckman
Three years of Bush bashing? You're off a bit. More like 10 -- the first seven years of his administrations plus the last three.
46 posted on 06/14/2012 6:31:02 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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Ignoramuses all... of course Bush spent like a democrat, but what democrat ever offered to stop him. The bigger problem is the facade Americans have been living under for many decades, that you can continue to borrow and spend without consequence... actually this is our human condition, i.e., a fallen condition, one that puts self above all else.

The new testament says in James 4: 1-3 NKJV 1 Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet[a] you do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Either the writer was simply stating the obvious or he was speaking Holy Truth... unfortunately, both are lost on our society as a whole, Holy Truth and the obvious...

47 posted on 06/14/2012 6:33:59 AM PDT by dps.inspect (the system is rigged...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bush’s acquiescence to Karl Rove’s decision to allow him to become a human media punching bag for the last six years of his term is having long-term repercussions.


48 posted on 06/14/2012 6:33:59 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I stand corrected. Forgot about the Bush years after the ‘hanging chads’.


49 posted on 06/14/2012 7:02:37 AM PDT by duckman (Go Newt...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, I guess Bushes chances at reelection are nill.


50 posted on 06/14/2012 7:06:01 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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