More Americans blame President Bush than Obama for nation’s woes
June 14, 2012
(NATIONAL) -- One of the strategies of the Mitt Romney campaign for the presidency is to blame President Obama for the nation’s economic ills and to paint Obama as “out of touch” and ineffective as a leader.
However the results of a new poll indicates that strategy may be less effective than the Romney camp would like.
The new poll shows Americans continue to place more blame for the country’s ongoing economic problems on former President George W. Bush than on President Barack Obama.
And even though Mr. Bush has been out of office for nearly 3½ years, 68 percent of those surveyed blame him a “great deal” or “moderate amount” for the nation’s economic woes, according to a Gallup Poll released Thursday.
Meanwhile, 52 percent of Americans believe the same about Obama.
For his part, one of President Obama’s strategies for reelection is to continually point to Romney as the multimillionaire, life-of-privilege corporate raider who would take America right back to the policies and attitudes of the Republican Bush era that “got us into this mess to begin with.”
The poll also shows Republicans are more willing to blame Bush for the state of the economy than Democrats are willing to blame Obama.
Some 49 percent of Republicans said Bush was greatly or moderately responsible for America’s economic woes, compared with 51 percent who said he was not.
Some 19 percent of Democrats blame Obama for the current distress, while 81 percent say he is “not much” or “not at all” responsible.
The Gallup Poll was conducted June 7-10, with a sample of 1,004 adults and a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.