Skip to comments.Poll: More blame Bush than Obama (for the country’s ongoing economic problem)
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 Americas economic woes, compared to 51 percent who said he wasnt. 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.
Obamas 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.
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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.
The truth is that, people WOULD blame Obama, but they also do NOT want to be accused with the “r” word.
Also because GWB became a RINO over time.
“More Blame Bush Than Obama”
Well, IF that is true, and that is a BIG IF, those people are WRONG. Obama is the one who blew all that money.
But the bad economy is going to be Obama’s downfall come this November.
Poll: More want free stuff from the government without moving their fat ass off the couch.
Looks like the 3 years of Bush bashing from the WH and MSM are having an affect. Just sayin.
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.
This just proves how STUPID so many people are...............
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.
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....
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.
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.
Poll: Majority of thinking Americans believe Politico is run by a bunch of lefties who are in the tank for Omaba.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Poll question: The bad economy and all our other problems are Bush’s fault, aren’t they?
“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.
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.
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.
IMHO, they'll blame Bowbama come November...in the privacy of the voting booth! And, then lie to the exit pollsters...
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.
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.
Which don’t mean $hit, because Bush isn’t running and Obumble is!
But they know Obama can't fix the economy
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
Strange that no one blames the true culprits, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, the Democrat-dominated Congress and the corrupt media.
Polutico spin machine.
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.
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.
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?
This is what happens when an ex president feels he’s ‘above’ offering a defense of his administration to his critics.
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.
Retiring Baby-Boomers = A Labor Shortage?
“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.”
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.
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.
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...
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.
I stand corrected. Forgot about the Bush years after the ‘hanging chads’.
Well, I guess Bushes chances at reelection are nill.