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Most say Bush to blame for weak U.S. economy, poll finds. But the Right want's to put this Cat Back in the Bag.

Manuel 2012/06/14 16:06:50
This Cat has been out of the bag before Obama even took office.
This poll is just a lie....here kitty, kitty.....
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - About two-thirds of Americans believe Republican former U.S. President George W. Bush is responsible for the nation's struggling economy, with a smaller percentage blaming Democratic President Barack Obama, a Gallup poll showed on Thursday.


About 68 percent of the more than 1,000 adults surveyed nationwide said Bush,
who left office in January 2009, deserves a "moderate amount" or a
"great deal" of the blame for the U.S. economic woes compared to 52
percent who pointed to his successor Obama, the poll found.


The results were released as Obama prepared to give a
major economic speech later on Thursday as part of his campaign to win
re-election on November 6. He is seeking to convince voters that his
economic remedies are working and that his Republican rival Mitt
Romney's policies would trigger an economic crisis.


Poll respondents who identified themselves as
Republicans were split, with 49 percent saying Bush deserved a moderate
amount or great deal of the blame while 51 percent said Bush deserved
not much of the blame or none at all. They expressed even more blame for
Obama, however, with 83 percent holding him largely responsible for the
state of the economy, the poll found.


Among Democrats, 90 percent blamed Bush for the weak economy and only 19 percent said Obama should carry much of the blame, according to the poll, conducted by telephone June 7 to 10.


"Republicans, in short, are significantly more willing
to blame their most recent Republican president than are Democrats
willing to blame Obama," Gallup said.


Independent voters, who could play a critical role in
the November election, were more likely to blame Bush (67 percent) than
Obama (51 percent). Fewer independents blamed Obama than Gallup's last
results in September, when 60 percent pointed to him, the poll found.


Many Americans are still struggling to recover
financially from the nation's deepest recession since the Great
Depression of the 1930s, and Obama is trying to regroup after recent
setbacks, including an anemic May jobs report.


"Americans continue to place more blame for the nation's economic problems on George W. Bush
than on Barack Obama, even though Bush left office more than three
years ago," Gallup said. "... This suggests that Obama's argument that
he is on the right track and needs more time to turn the economy around
could fall on receptive ears, particularly those of independents."


Bush, who served two four-year terms as president, has
been unable to shake the blame since Gallup began tracking the economic
finger-pointing in 2009, and has seen about 70 percent of those polled
holding him responsible since mid-2010.


Critics say Bush's tax cuts combined with increased
spending to fight two wars, among other costs, helped plunge the nation
into a deep economic crisis.


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  • Rebel Yell 2012/06/14 16:39:55
    This Cat has been out of the bag before Obama even took office.
    Rebel Yell
    +8
    The month obama took the oath of office 750,000 jobs were lost. To this day, Republicans take absolutely no blame for anything that happened. Nada. To hear them tell it, they are as innocent as a newborn babe. On their watch, the unfunded wars, unfunded Medicare Part D and the infamous donut hole, and NCLB, and the debt ceiling was raised 7 times.

    Yet all of that is Obama's fault.

    It tooks years to get us into this mess and it will take years to get out. What is the Republican plan? According to mouthbreather , racist Jeff Sessions, it is " to continue the Bush policies".

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  • Machinegunn 2012/06/17 01:45:25
    This Cat has been out of the bag before Obama even took office.
    Machinegunn
    +1
    ......HW topped REAGEN,GW topped DADDY, and MITT "the FIT" will TOP'EM ALL!!!...REPUBS are like little kids on SATURDAY MORNING, THEY have NO DIRECTION until MOMMY WHIPS their ASS!!!......
  • AdLib 2012/06/15 16:22:11
    This Cat has been out of the bag before Obama even took office.
    AdLib
    +2
    The majority of the public is right on this one. It restores my faith in the nations citizens. Damn, they are paying attention.
  • WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA 2012/06/15 02:10:09
    This poll is just a lie....here kitty, kitty.....
    WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA
    How stupid can you get?
  • Manuel WhereIs... 2012/06/15 04:01:10
    Manuel
    +3
    no...it's how stupid can you be ? the denial kind?
  • will 2012/06/15 00:51:54
    This poll is just a lie....here kitty, kitty.....
    will
    I like cats
    He causes everything to go wrong
    He caused Katrina, he caused economic melt down, WW1 AND WW2, Trail of tears, pestilence, famine, murder, pregnancies, you,me,him,her,them,us and he called me a name
  • Manuel will 2012/06/15 04:01:55
    Manuel
    +3
    how stupid can you be ? the denial kind?
  • will Manuel 2012/06/15 04:07:35
  • Manuel will 2012/06/17 01:36:29
    Manuel
    lol.....sometimes you guys make me laugh...
  • Nancy~PWCM~JLA~POTL 2012/06/15 00:38:10
    This poll is just a lie....here kitty, kitty.....
    Nancy~PWCM~JLA~POTL
    BO made promises during his campaign and never held true. He is the liar and fell short. This economy is his baby. He was the appointed messiah and thought he had a plan. He failed
  • Manuel Nancy~P... 2012/06/15 04:02:12
    Manuel
    +2
    how stupid can you be ? the denial kind?
  • Nancy~P... Manuel 2012/06/16 21:51:44
    Nancy~PWCM~JLA~POTL
    how stupid can you be? BO owns this tragic economy now. He thought himself the messiah and ready to cure all this ills of the world and with his limited experience and cronies . Ugh. Get over it.
  • Manuel Nancy~P... 2012/06/17 01:37:59
    Manuel
    +1
    you get over it....Obama saved this country from going bankrupted...out classed the GOP...
  • The Electrician 2012/06/15 00:17:29
    This Cat has been out of the bag before Obama even took office.
    The Electrician
    +4
    Before Bush became President, most intelligent minded people knew he was a "C" student, and NO one is sure if he ever graduated or was given a Diploma ? He wasn't capable of a job as the assistant manager in a KFC, two DUI convictions for drugs, didn't complete his Military obligation, that's "desertion", bankrupted an Oil company that was "given" to him by his fathers Arab friends, an Alcoholic and Drug Addict and he became President in a most questionable fashion. Took office with a "surplus" economy and created the greatest national debt of all the combined Administrations since the establishment of this Country as a Nation. So I give it a Big WTF on this question.
  • dragonfliez 2012/06/14 20:47:26
    This poll is just a lie....here kitty, kitty.....
    dragonfliez
    Bush is to blame because of the wars, too much "homeland security" and not ending/reducing entitlement programs. Obama made it a thousand times worse by continuing and escalating the same failed policies that make us all angry and broke. Our only hope is Ron Paul.
  • Manuel dragonf... 2012/06/15 04:03:52
    Manuel
    +2
    how stupid can you be ? the denial kind?
  • Lulu's Mom 2012/06/14 17:46:15
    This Cat has been out of the bag before Obama even took office.
    Lulu's Mom
    +4
    I don't blame Obama at all for the weak economy that took place when he took office. But I do blame the Government as a whole for allowing the crooked banks and loan company's to put us in this mess. I also blame the people who bit off more then they could chew. We can't put the blame on one person, we have to look at the whole picture.
  • oldlady Lulu's Mom 2012/06/14 21:48:47
    oldlady
    +3
    Well said!
  • Lulu's Mom oldlady 2012/06/14 23:52:31
    Lulu's Mom
    +3
    Thanks honey!
  • Manuel Lulu's Mom 2012/06/15 04:05:07
    Manuel
    +2
    so far...you have the best answer....
  • Lulu's Mom Manuel 2012/06/15 15:25:49
    Lulu's Mom
    +1
    Thank you!
  • aneed2know Lulu's Mom 2012/06/15 08:49:23
    aneed2know
    +4
    here, here you forgot one other group to blame:

    US Americans

    we allowed all this to happen because we were so busy fighting one another and we are still doing it.
  • Lulu's Mom aneed2know 2012/06/15 15:27:44
    Lulu's Mom
    +2
    Wouldn't it be great if we could stop all the fighting and take care of the things that are really important to all of us?
  • aneed2know Lulu's Mom 2012/06/16 04:56:49 (edited)
    aneed2know
    +2
    it would be wonderful. aint going to happen though.
  • Manuel aneed2know 2012/06/17 01:46:27
    Manuel
    +1
    lol....
  • CA Gal 2012/06/14 17:10:54
    This Cat has been out of the bag before Obama even took office.
    CA Gal
    +6
    Long before President Obama was even running in the presidential election...I knew we were in trouble with Bush. This has nothing to do with President Obama, Bush/Cheney policies were unsustainable. They took the surplus Clinton left them and turned it into a deficit in no time at all.
  • Manuel CA Gal 2012/06/17 01:52:05
    Manuel
    +1
    good answer with no B.S. only truth here.
  • Kane Fernau 2012/06/14 16:48:08
    This poll is just a lie....here kitty, kitty.....
    Kane Fernau
    Internals; 38% democrat 38% independent 24% Republican
  • Manuel Kane Fe... 2012/06/15 04:06:55
    Manuel
    +1
    what are you trying to say?
  • Rebel Yell 2012/06/14 16:39:55
    This Cat has been out of the bag before Obama even took office.
    Rebel Yell
    +8
    The month obama took the oath of office 750,000 jobs were lost. To this day, Republicans take absolutely no blame for anything that happened. Nada. To hear them tell it, they are as innocent as a newborn babe. On their watch, the unfunded wars, unfunded Medicare Part D and the infamous donut hole, and NCLB, and the debt ceiling was raised 7 times.

    Yet all of that is Obama's fault.

    It tooks years to get us into this mess and it will take years to get out. What is the Republican plan? According to mouthbreather , racist Jeff Sessions, it is " to continue the Bush policies".
  • CA Gal Rebel Yell 2012/06/14 17:14:13
    CA Gal
    +6
    Well said!! Republican's will not take any blame for this and the ignorant people that follow them somehow chose to forget about all of Bush's gaffs.
  • dragonf... CA Gal 2012/06/14 20:49:19
    dragonfliez
    THEY DON'T HAVE TO! BUT YOU COULD TAKE THE HIGH ROAD BY TAKING THE BLAME FOR "YOUR" CANDIDATE. YOU'RE COMPLAINING THE CONSTITUENTS OF THE OTHER PARTY WON'T TAKE BLAME, WHILE YOU SIT THERE AND DO THE SAME. WTF
  • oldlady dragonf... 2012/06/14 21:51:14
    oldlady
    +3
    Screaming like an idiot makes your response even more pointless.
  • CA Gal dragonf... 2012/06/15 22:23:51
    CA Gal
    +2
    WHY ARE YOU SHOUTING????? Let's just turn this in the right direction....Bush got us into this economic mess, so it's not logical to blame President Obama. Your comment is irrelevant and ignorant. This topic is all about 2/3 of the country stating in a gallup pole that Bush is to blame for our economic mess. Now you're shouting at me cause I'm not spinning the blame back to Obama. Try to stay focused, reread the question....do what ever you have to to comprehend the nature of this question. WTF!!!! (See I can shout too LOL)
  • dragonf... Rebel Yell 2012/06/14 20:48:39
    dragonfliez
    WHY DON'T YOU ADDRESS HOW OBAMA HAS MULTIPLIED THE PROBLEMS BY CONTINUING AND ESCALATING THE SAME REPUBLICAN POLICIES YOU SCREAM ABOUT?!
  • oldlady dragonf... 2012/06/14 21:54:54
    oldlady
    +3
    Uh...your the only one screaming here :/
  • Manuel dragonf... 2012/06/15 04:12:46
    Manuel
    +3
    how stupid can you be ? the denial kind?
  • aneed2know dragonf... 2012/06/15 08:55:24
    aneed2know
    +5
    and who tried to do away with the Bush Tax cuts, and who held the American worker hostage, and who tried to close Gitmo and who made a big stink of it. You are correct in one aspect though we the American people are to blame we have allowed our country to be bought.
  • Manuel aneed2know 2012/06/17 01:53:49
    Manuel
    +1
    good point...
  • Manuel Rebel Yell 2012/06/17 01:53:23
    Manuel
    +1
    good solid answer...
  • WankerBait 2012/06/14 16:24:53
    This Cat has been out of the bag before Obama even took office.
    WankerBait
    +3
    Bruce Bartlett has the low down:
    http://www.sodahead.com/fun/t...

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