Gallup first asked this "blame assessment" question in July 2009, six months after Obama became president. At that point, 80% of Americans gave Bush a great deal or a moderate amount of blame, compared with 32% who ascribed the same level of blame for the bad economy to Obama. The percentage blaming Bush dropped to about 70% in August 2010, and has stayed roughly in that range since. Meanwhile, about half of Americans have blamed Obama since March 2010, with little substantive change from then to the present.
Americans continue to name the economy as the most important problem facing the country, and in an election that likely will be defined by a struggling economy, the question of who is responsible for it will weigh heavily in voters' minds. Both Obama and presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney as a result have focused heavily on the economy in their campaigns, the most recent example of which is the major economic speech Obama will deliver Thursday in the key swing state of Ohio. Romney has attempted to place blame for the country's continuing economic struggles squarely on Obama's shoulders. At the same time, the Obama campaign is trying to deflect blame away from the president, in part by assigning blame to his predecessor.
The relative amount of blame Americans give to Obama and to Bush has largely stabilized over the last two years. It remains to be seen whether Americans are open to further discussion of those issues in the months remaining before the Nov. 6 election, or whether their minds are made up.
Half of Republicans Blame Bush
Republicans and Democrats distribute economic blame in different ways, as was the case last September. Democrats follow what might be described as a fairly traditional pattern: 90% blame Bush, in contrast to 19% who blame Obama.
Republicans, however, are more ecumenical in their blame, with 83% blaming Obama a great deal or moderate amount and 49% ascribing the same level of blame to Bush. Republicans, in short, are significantly more willing to blame their most recent Republican president than are Democrats willing to blame Obama.
Well that's important information, public perception is that the previous administration is responsible for the bad economy while the current administration has the bully pulpit. The problem is that there is some truth in it but not in the way it's being painted. We have been dealing with the deferred consequences of the excesses of our government since at least Ike and it rarely if ever hits while the culprits are still in power and virtually never is attributed to the real culprits. We will suffer the side effects of the official prescriptions for our current ills (which I believe have been less effective than a placibo) but it will likely be long after these quacks are out of office, out of sight out of mind.
LL, part of the problem is the GOP won't give President Obama economy policy a chance. I'm not saying they have to rubber stamp everything. But they won't even compromise. For example. The President took a GOP idea about lowing the corporate tax, but the GnOP said it wasn't low enough. Reagan, Nixon and Bush understood that you can't get everything you want. The leaders of the GOP are on record saying that they want our President to fail. That's putting Party before country. When there's gridlock in DC everyone loses especially the average American. I know Bill Maher at times can go overboard but he's right to ask the following question.
"Is it treason to purposefully block any help for the economy so voters blame the president and turn to the other party?" Just asking.