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Americans say Bush still more to blame than Obama for economy
Yahoo News ^ | June 14, 2012 | Olivier Knox

Posted on 06/14/2012 11:48:01 AM PDT by ReformationFan

More than two-thirds of Americans—including half of Republicans—still blame former President George W. Bush for the country's economic ills, according to a new Gallup poll released on Thursday, hours before President Barack Obama was to deliver a high-stakes speech defending his handling of the weak economy.

What one might call the blame gap has narrowed considerably: When Gallup first asked Americans in July 2009 whom they blamed for the poor economy, 80 percent laid a great deal or a moderate amount of blame on Bush, and only 32 percent blamed Obama. The current numbers show 68 percent of the public blames the former president while 52 percent say Obama deserves the blame. (The numbers total more than 100 percent because the question was not "which one do you blame more," but how much blame each president deserves individually.)

The Democratic president has crisscrossed the country in recent months pleading for patience from voters still struggling in the anemic recovery and grappling with stubbornly high unemployment above 8 percent.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bush; economy; mediabias; obama
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Do you think this story would've been reported by Yahoo news if the poll results went the other way? I highly doubt it.
1 posted on 06/14/2012 11:48:04 AM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

So, at what time does our “Failure in Chief” get to assume credit for the economy?

It’s amazing how powerful Bush was - why, he was such a powerful force that even 3 years after he has left office, he is still responsible for unemployment, the deficit, higher taxes, economic stagnation .... why, pretty much everything that Carter whined about too.

It just took a GOOD Republcian a couple years in the White House - to right everything that years of Democratic abuse had wrought. The only real down-side I see, is that I’m not aware of another Republican of the stature of Ronald Reagan in the wings.


2 posted on 06/14/2012 11:52:26 AM PDT by Hodar (Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.- A. Schopenhauer)
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To: ReformationFan

They did report the trend, which makes Obama look bad as it should. W was terrible at economics. Obama is worse.


3 posted on 06/14/2012 11:53:07 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: ReformationFan

I call Barbara Streisand!


4 posted on 06/14/2012 11:54:07 AM PDT by Anti-Hillary (Under Romney's Governorship, MA. was the birthplace of gay marriage & socialized medicine in America)
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To: ReformationFan
Of course they blame Bush. The media was invested in slamming him for 8 years. I'd be hugely surprised if a majority doubted what they've been brainwashed to believe.

Anyone reading polls should be reminded that the numbers are what they are with 100% negative news coverage for Bush and (almost) 100% positive news coverage for Obama.

5 posted on 06/14/2012 11:54:07 AM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: ReformationFan

Do people remember that Bush had a good economy for about 7 years? Then a financial crisis hit at the end. One def can argue that banking/ housing crisis was caused by the dems because I know Bush tried to get Congress to address the problem much earlier.


6 posted on 06/14/2012 11:55:05 AM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Williams

The crisis was caused by the Dems,and I don’t believe this poll.


7 posted on 06/14/2012 11:57:42 AM PDT by Essie
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To: Moonman62

You might want to take into account that the media, along with Dodd/Frank and the DEMOCRAT-CONTROLLED CONGRESS sabotaged Bush’s presidency to set the stage for the election of MR. “CHANGE”. They did the same thing to Nixon and would’ve gotten Reagan too but they actually liked him too much.


8 posted on 06/14/2012 11:58:51 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: Williams

If Romney wants to win, he has to get some big, simple colored bar graphs made that say: “1. this is the deficit Bush II made and this is the deficit Obama made —> lookee, Obama’s is twice or three times taller.”

Maybe the idiot populace will get the message then.


9 posted on 06/14/2012 11:59:46 AM PDT by RicocheT (Eat the rich only if you're certain it's your last meal)
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To: Essie

The MSM is becoming the “boy who cried: wolf!” with this issue. It is becoming no longer believable.


10 posted on 06/14/2012 11:59:55 AM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: ReformationFan
Just goes to show that if the 'Rats tell a big enough lie often enough there are millions of dummies who will believe it.
11 posted on 06/14/2012 12:00:03 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: ReformationFan
More than two-thirds of Americans—including half of Republicans

Based on a poll of the US Senate most likely.

12 posted on 06/14/2012 12:00:57 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (Another day. Another small provocation. Another step closer.)
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To: Williams

Dodd/Frank caused more damage to America’s economy than any other single act or event since the market crash in ‘29.


13 posted on 06/14/2012 12:01:55 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: Moonman62

THEY ARE RIGHT! If Bush wasn’t such a wuss and let the Liberals and Media make him into a pinata—insult him and the White House at every turn, we wouldn’t have been saddled with Obama, the Socialist in Chief. If he hadn’t been panicked into the first stimulus over the Congress and the Barney Franks of the world—it would not have open the flood gates of spending that sent us to the bottom. If he had some spine—or better advisers—he wouldn’t be in this mess. That being said the real culprit isn’t Bush or Obama but the Progressives in Congress that caused this (and still are).


14 posted on 06/14/2012 12:02:28 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: ReformationFan

Given the combination of the Obama Administration, the complicit media and an entertainment culture that appears to be almost exclusively left to radical left, what can one expect? It takes, if successful, national campaigns where unfiltered words are available to be heard. We have the first chance to refute Obama’s broken record of blaming Bush and Republicans by saying you have had 3+ years and you have FAILED. Bye bye Obama!


15 posted on 06/14/2012 12:04:36 PM PDT by SES1066 (Government is NOT the reason for my existence!)
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To: ReformationFan

Bush is certainly PARTIALLY responsible for the fiscally insane policies that have destroyed our economy, but only to the extent that he behaved like a Democrat/Communist.

That is a point that is perhaps too fine for the average Facebook/Dancing with the Stars/iPhone obsessed voter.


16 posted on 06/14/2012 12:07:32 PM PDT by EyeGuy (Armed, judgmental, fiscally responsible heterosexual.)
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To: ReformationFan
More evidence that the Bell Curve has been leaning heavily towards the double digit IQ range for a while now.

Meh... By definition, half of the people you meet are of below average intelligence.

17 posted on 06/14/2012 12:07:55 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: ReformationFan

Prince Andrew and Chuckie Schumer are the true malefactors.


18 posted on 06/14/2012 12:08:27 PM PDT by seton89 (Forward! to despotism.)
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To: ReformationFan

19 posted on 06/14/2012 12:10:41 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Hodar

‘So, at what time does our “Failure in Chief” get to assume credit for the economy?”

He’s now the “Cretin-in-Chief,’ aka, Dorkus Maximus, the Obamaloon.

However, you can call him “dork” for short.


20 posted on 06/14/2012 12:11:14 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: ReformationFan

So, the people running this “poll” started with a premise, and then went out collecting “poll” “data” which validated that premise. No real surprise here.


21 posted on 06/14/2012 12:12:43 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: ReformationFan

Bogus poll.

What would the answer be if the question was posed as such:

‘Who do you blame more for the slow recovery?’

Which, let’s face it, matters more, i.e. the upswing of the economy, rather than a static snapshot of the current state of affairs.


22 posted on 06/14/2012 12:13:06 PM PDT by mkboyce
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To: Beowulf9

Nice graph! Simple, to the point and even maroons can read it.


23 posted on 06/14/2012 12:14:09 PM PDT by trubolotta
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To: ReformationFan
Guess they forgot to ask anyone outside Detroit's city limits again.

"Polls" - Sheesh!
24 posted on 06/14/2012 12:15:42 PM PDT by marjiwoj
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To: trubolotta

25 posted on 06/14/2012 12:16:48 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: ReformationFan

Could it be, that what Obama has been doing, is exactly the WRONG course to follow in trying to correct the course of the economy?

Maybe the economy was a little shaky in 2008. But what has been offered so far, does not even remotely address the problems (rising unemployment, falling tax revenues, runaway spending, collapsed foreign policy, and an incomprehensible energy policy) that dog our daily lives today.

Darned right the Romney campaign bus should be circling the venue where Obama is giving a speech, blowing the horn.


26 posted on 06/14/2012 12:17:05 PM PDT by alloysteel (Fear and intimidation work. At least on the short term.)
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To: ReformationFan
This poll is BOGUS! In the headline it says Americans. I found no indication that pollsters verified that “responders” were actually American.

Also, it's just ADULTS. Not registered voters, not likely voters, just ADULTS.

“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.”

For results based on the total sample of NATIONAL ADULTS, one can say with 95% confidence that the maximum margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points.

Interviews are conducted with RESPONDENTS on landline telephones and cellular phones, with interviews conducted in SPANISH for RESPONDENTS who are primarily Spanish-speaking.

The Media is lying to you, they are deceiving you. VERIFY EVERYTHING!!!

27 posted on 06/14/2012 12:17:24 PM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: ReformationFan

“More than two-thirds of Americans—including half of Republicans—still blame former President George W. Bush”...

What a steaming pile of cow sh!t.


28 posted on 06/14/2012 12:18:07 PM PDT by traderrob6
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"The current numbers show 68 percent of the public blames the former president while 52 percent say Obama deserves the blame."

Is Bush running in 2012? I missed that. If more than half of all voters blame Obama, who is running, that shouldn't be awfully comforting to the White House. (Or is his reelection effort being run by a bunch of stoners recruited from his HS "Choom Gang"? They might not care.)

29 posted on 06/14/2012 12:21:16 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: ReformationFan

EPA killing business
EPA attacking property owners
ObamaCare
Over-Regulation
Tax the Rich
Spread the wealth
5 Trillion Dollars in add’l Debt
Trillion Dollar Deficits
Gay Marriage

WTF? At least Bush wasn’t a freakin’ communist; Obama is a communist with all the Marxist tenants increase taxes, spend and print,


30 posted on 06/14/2012 12:22:11 PM PDT by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: ReformationFan

Repeat a lie endlessly and it becomes the truth. The Left knows it well. It’s not the first time.


31 posted on 06/14/2012 12:24:58 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Beowulf9

Those are great too!


32 posted on 06/14/2012 12:26:41 PM PDT by trubolotta
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To: ReformationFan

At this point I doubt if 68% of Americans even ReMEMBER that Bush was the last president.


33 posted on 06/14/2012 12:29:43 PM PDT by ichabod1 (Cheney/Rumsfeld 2012)
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To: ReformationFan

I blame Bush as well as the GOP but don’t think that Obama or the democrats have a clue on how to fix it nor do I think they want to fix it.


34 posted on 06/14/2012 12:33:03 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: trubolotta

Thanks. Sometimes a picture says a lot more, a visual is easier to remember.


35 posted on 06/14/2012 12:33:26 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
You might want to take into account that the media, along with Dodd/Frank and the DEMOCRAT-CONTROLLED CONGRESS sabotaged Bush’s presidency to set the stage for the election of MR. “CHANGE”. They did the same thing to Nixon and would’ve gotten Reagan too but they actually liked him too much.

I remember giving up on W as far as economics were concerned back in 2001. Not only was he bad at it, but he seemed to have no interest in it either.

36 posted on 06/14/2012 12:40:49 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: ReformationFan

Because the Controlled News Network (CNN) tells the idoits what to think.


37 posted on 06/14/2012 12:43:15 PM PDT by crosshairs
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To: ReformationFan

Personally, I haven’t heard one AMERICAN say that but if the commie yahoos down at Yahoo say it’s true, it must be true.


38 posted on 06/14/2012 12:46:10 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Free Stuff or Freedom! You Decide 2012.)
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To: ReformationFan

Most likely 80 dem, 10 rep and 10 ind on the internals.


39 posted on 06/14/2012 12:53:35 PM PDT by Ratman83
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
You might want to take into account that the media, along with Dodd/Frank and the DEMOCRAT-CONTROLLED CONGRESS sabotaged Bush’s presidency to set the stage for the election of MR. “CHANGE”.

If W had made sound economic policy instead of focusing on government growth and compassionate conservatism back when the GOP controlled Congress, then it wouldn't have happened. And I don't think the Jackasses coerced W into making the following statement to CNN back in 2008:

"I've abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system"

40 posted on 06/14/2012 12:59:14 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: ReformationFan
this is utter nonsense and I don't believe it...

point out to anyone blaming Bush to that the rats CONTROLLED BOTH HOUSES starting in JAN of 2007 and IIRC, they had the Senate two years before that....and they had COMPLETE control of the govt for the first two years of bamey boy....

the price of gas in Jan 2007?...under $2 bucks a gallon...unemployment?...less than 5%...

41 posted on 06/14/2012 1:02:34 PM PDT by cherry
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Dodd/Frank caused more damage to America’s economy than any other single act or event since the market crash in ‘29.

Before Dodd/Frank there was Sarbanes/Oxley.

42 posted on 06/14/2012 1:05:12 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: cherry

In the liberal mindset, they’d say this “proves the economic problems are all Bush’s fault. He didn’t go along enough with what Reid and Pelosi wanted.” Don’t expect reason or logic to play any factor here.


43 posted on 06/14/2012 1:07:32 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan
Do you think this story would've been reported by Yahoo news if the poll results went the other way? I highly doubt it.

That's the defensive posture of one who fears that "what he believes to be true, ain't."

Bush certainly did lots of things wrong, which contributed both to the unbridled federal spending and the atrocious deficits.

"Compassionate conservatism," and "compromise."
The 'Rats idea of "compromise" is you give me 5 bucks today, and I'll give you $100 in ten years. That always works out well, and by the time the taxpayers realize that they've been had again, no one remembers how it all came about.

The bottom line : whatever had been done wrong up to Jan 20, 2010 wasn't immediately set right. What was done made everything worse.
It doesn't take three years to figure out that your economy bus is riding on four flat tires.
Buying votes with money to be paid later just doesn't work among responsible adults. Never has.

I would vote for Romney if only I really believed that he was serious about eliminating the Department of Education, The Department of Energy and the EPA the first week he is in office.

Then he could address the entitlement national cancer, and devise a schedule for eliminating permanently the Food Stamp Presidency culture.
What's no longer defensible? 60%? 80%?, 100% of the total population?

44 posted on 06/14/2012 1:16:20 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: Deb

Keep on repeating the mantra, it must be true. The MSM is doing to Bush on the economy what they did to Nixon on Watergate.


45 posted on 06/14/2012 1:32:37 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: ReformationFan
Read another way, this stupid poll says most people believe Obama is an incompetent idiot that's done nothing to fix the problems he inherited.
46 posted on 06/14/2012 1:36:03 PM PDT by PogySailor (Obama is a SCOAMF)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade
If Bush wasn’t such a wuss and let the Liberals and Media make him into a pinata

I am assuming that you took every opportunity to defend Bush then.

If memory serves me right, many freepers jumped on the bash Bush wagon as his favorable poll numbers went down.

47 posted on 06/14/2012 1:37:47 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: ReformationFan

Amazingly, most people realize George Bush isn’t on the ballot in 2012.


48 posted on 06/14/2012 1:41:03 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: ReformationFan
So many misinformed idiots. The economy was great under Bush. He tried to get the Democrats to fix some of the issues that led to the housing bubble bust. He tried to get increased oil drilling and refining. He got blocked in his efforts by Democrats and RINOs.

Toss in the mischief of George Soros and friends leading up to the market collapse at the end of 2008, and it is obvious that Obama and friends are wholly to blame for the disastrous economy.

49 posted on 06/14/2012 1:50:04 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: ReformationFan

Gallup is known for its leftist support and is not above cooking numbers or rigging questions to get this kind of result.

IOW, I highly doubt their conclusion and believe it is little more than concentrated BS!!


50 posted on 06/14/2012 1:54:36 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for white collar criminals!!)
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