Bush blamed for weak Economy
Close to two-thirds of Americans believe that President George W. Bush is to blame for the struggling U.S. economy. A smaller number of people blame current President Barack Obama for the economic woes. Nearly 68% of the over 1,000 adults that were surveyed across the country said that Bush, who has not been in office since January of 2009, deserves a great or moderate amount of the blame for the economic problems in the U.S. Fifty-two percent believe that Obama was to blame.
On Thursday, Obama is scheduled to give a speech on the economy as part of his ongoing campaign for reelection. He wants to convince voters that his remedies for the economy are working and the ones that are suggested by his opponent Mitt Romney would only help trigger even further problems in the economy. Those poll respondents who listed themselves as Republicans were nearly split evenly with 49% saying ex-president Bush was to blame, while 51% said Bush did not deserve any or very little of the blame for the economic problems of today.
Those same respondents expressed that much more blame should fall on Obama with 83% holding the currently president largely responsible for the country’s current economic woes. Amongst Democrats, nearly 90% blamed the Bush presidency for the economic problems and only 19% thought Obama should be blamed for most of the problems.
Republicans are much more willing to place the blame on their most recent president Bush, whereas the Democrats are not as willing to blame their own current president who happens to be a Democrat.