Dec 11, 2013
Americans Still Blame Bush for the Economy
Posted on Apr 7, 2010
The Harris Poll asked a couple of thousand Americans who, if they had to pick just one, was most to blame for the economic clusterfudge, and they chose George W. Bush, followed by Wall Street. Only 4 percent picked Fed Chair Ben Bernanke.
Just 14 percent of those polled—less than half Bush’s number—blamed President Barack Obama. Sixteen percent blamed Democrats in Congress and 9 percent blamed Republican legislators.
A big concern for Democrats heading into the 2010 and 2012 elections is the degree to which they now own the recession.
If you take the presidents (Bush and Obama) together with their respective parties in Congress, 40 percent of those polled blame the Republicans and 30 percent blame the Democrats.
That may seem like good news for Donkeys, but the Democrats should be careful. First of all, George W. Bush isn’t going to be on the ballot any time soon. Second, the question is whom do you most blame. There’s plenty of anger to go around. —PZS
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