Skip to comments.Americans say Bush still more to blame than Obama for economy
Posted on 06/14/2012 11:48:01 AM PDT by ReformationFan
More than two-thirds of Americansincluding half of Republicansstill 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.
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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.
They did report the trend, which makes Obama look bad as it should. W was terrible at economics. Obama is worse.
I call Barbara Streisand!
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.
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.
The crisis was caused by the Dems,and I don’t believe this poll.
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.
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.
The MSM is becoming the “boy who cried: wolf!” with this issue. It is becoming no longer believable.
Based on a poll of the US Senate most likely.
Dodd/Frank caused more damage to America’s economy than any other single act or event since the market crash in ‘29.
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).
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!
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.
Meh... By definition, half of the people you meet are of below average intelligence.
Prince Andrew and Chuckie Schumer are the true malefactors.
‘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.
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.
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.
Nice graph! Simple, to the point and even maroons can read it.
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.
Also, it's just ADULTS. Not registered voters, not likely voters, just ADULTS.
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!!!
“More than two-thirds of Americansincluding half of Republicansstill blame former President George W. Bush”...
What a steaming pile of cow sh!t.
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.)
EPA killing business
EPA attacking property owners
Tax the Rich
Spread the wealth
5 Trillion Dollars in add’l Debt
Trillion Dollar Deficits
WTF? At least Bush wasn’t a freakin’ communist; Obama is a communist with all the Marxist tenants increase taxes, spend and print,
Repeat a lie endlessly and it becomes the truth. The Left knows it well. It’s not the first time.
Those are great too!
At this point I doubt if 68% of Americans even ReMEMBER that Bush was the last president.
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.
Thanks. Sometimes a picture says a lot more, a visual is easier to remember.
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.
Because the Controlled News Network (CNN) tells the idoits what to think.
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.
Most likely 80 dem, 10 rep and 10 ind on the internals.
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:
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%...
Before Dodd/Frank there was Sarbanes/Oxley.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Amazingly, most people realize George Bush isn’t on the ballot in 2012.
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.
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!!
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