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Public Continues To Hold Bush Responsible For The Economy

by @ 8:03 am on June 1, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Credit Crisis, Economics, George W Bush, Politics, Republicans

If you’re looking for a reason why President Obama continues to enjoy relatively high approval ratings despite the state of the economy, look no further:

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.

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5 Responses to “Public Continues To Hold Bush Responsible For The Economy”

  1. EJ says:

    voters are itiots when it comes to the economy. They vote or correlation and causation. Whether the economy recovers because of or despite obama, he will get the credit for its recovery. Likewise, if it is still in porr shape, at some point he will start to get blame and once again despite of or because of.

    I would be willing to bet that most people who put blame on Bush cant actually explain a logical set of steps in which he caused this problem. To the extent that public policy created or at least contributed to this mess, its been a long standing set of policies, such as subsidizing housing via GSEs, very lose monetary policy, etc. But most voters dont get this.

  2. EJ says:

    they vote on correlation NOT causation

  3. tfr says:

    It’s interesting how a large percentage always blames the other party, regardless of facts. Which probably explains why politics gets so little real work done.

  4. Tom Burns says:

    “Voters agree that the problems are due to the recession that began under the Bush administration”
    …is not the same thing as
    “Voters hold Bush personally accountable for causing today’s economic problems.”
    The article does not seem to include any poll that measures the public’s belief that Bush’s policies are to blame for today’s economic troubles…just one that mentions a “recession”, whose direct cause is undetermined, that happened to occur under the Bush administration.
    It seems to me that, while it is possible that the public holds Bush responsible for the economy, this poll does not appear to be sufficient evidence of that.

  5. Tom Burns says:

    (replace “direct cause is undetermined” with “exact cause is the subject of debate” in my previous comment.)

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