President Obama contends he inherited the nation’s ongoing economic problems and that his actions since taking office are not to blame. Sixty-two percent (62%) of U.S. voters agree with the president that the problems are due to the recession that began under the Bush administration.
Just 27% of voters say the problems are being caused more by the policies Obama has put in place since taking office, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Ten percent (10%) are not sure which president is more to blame.
Not surprisingly, 88% of Democrats say it’s Bush’s fault. However, Republicans are more evenly divided. Thirty-four percent (34%) of the GOP faithful say the economic problems can be traced to the Bush Administration while 51% blame Obama’s policies.
Among voters not affiliated with either party, 61% say the Bush recession is to blame versus 28% who say Obama is at fault.
Quite obviously, the public is still giving Obama a fairly large amount of latitude in implementing his policies, and giving him time to see if those policies manifest themselves in an improved economy. If they do, then the Republican Party’s problems will only get worse.