February 12th, 2010
05:52 PM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Bush still blamed for economy

More Americans blame the Bush administration for the nation's economic troubles than the Obama administration, according to a new poll.
More Americans blame the Bush administration for the nation's economic troubles than the Obama administration, according to a new poll.

(CNN) - More than a year after President George W. Bush left office, more Americans continue to blame his administration over any other entity for the nation's economic woes, according to a new poll.

In a New York Times/CBS News survey out Friday, 31 percent of Americans said the Bush administration is at fault for the current state of the economy while only 7 percent pointed their finger at President Obama and his team.

An additional 23 percent said the fault lies with Wall Street institutions while 13 percent assign the blame to Congress. Nearly 10 percent said the blame lies with all of them.

In a CNN/Opinion Research poll released last November, the public appeared split on who should be blamed if economic conditions don't approve: 47 percent said Bush and congressional Republicans while 45 percent said Obama and congressional Democrats.

"The public still tends to blame the Republicans for current economic conditions," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "But looking forward is another matter. Americans think the GOP is responsible for getting us into this mess, but they think both parties are responsible for getting us out of it."

The poll, conducted February 5-10, interviewed 1,084 Americans and carries a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.


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soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. Tom

    What is screwing this country is The greatest generation that is stuck in the 50,s, the average of a US congressmen is well into 60 these people lIVED during good easy times and for got the bad they take how they had it, They live for unbrideld patratism, christian lies and racism, and this is your Republican parties favorite to scare into beleving.

    February 12, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. Joe-Wilmington, DE

    The current economic woes have been cooking for a couple of decades. If any one entity is to blame it would be congress for lack of appropriate oversight of the banking industry.

    Not surprising, Just follow the money trail in the form of bribes...er, sorry, campaign contributions...lavished on members of both parties.

    February 12, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. Steve-Illinois

    Another "whocares?" poll!!! The guy holds no office, and isn't running for any, so who cares who blames him for anything? Do a poll on Jimmy Carter, it will use up as much space for filler and have just as much significance! None!

    February 12, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Snerdly, the invisible token

    Should we also forget Bin Laden attacked us on his watch?As much as the republicans would like us to forget that it was Bush that sank the titanic,sorry, the captain that sank it will never be forgotten or that he never caught BinLaden like he promised.

    February 12, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. demmie2

    um, what a silly poll. For an administration supposedly focused on the future, they sure dont miss a chance to look / blame the past. And fo course the media reinforces it with silliness like this

    February 12, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. bk

    still think that cutting taxes and not cutting spending is the way to go?? thanks GOP for looking out for the middle class, you really did a stand up job! NOT. oh i feel so much safer knowing that it only cost the U.S. almost a trillion dollars to hang Saddam, i was always afraid he was hiding in my closet. NOT...bunch of losers in the GOP

    February 12, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Martin in Miami

    Suprised to see that nobody blamed the Clinton administration. Under them, with the objective of availing the "American Dream" of home ownership to more Americans, they relaxed the underwriting requirements for Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, which allowed them to underwrite and purchase loans from less qualified buyers.

    As a result, mortgage bankers and lenders could now offer loans to anyone with a pulse, only to off-load these high-risk loans to these quasi-governmental agencies. Many banks and institutional lenders, forced to compete or lose business, also lowered their underwriting standards, and in many cases lowered them even further, and "voila"... here we are 10 years later with tens of thousands of homeowners that can't afford their mortgages, resulting in foreclosures and downward price pressure that reduces the value of property for EVERYONE. I'd like to see this side of the story told a bit more often and remind everyone that it was the Clinton administration, in the name of increasing home-ownership, that first got the real estate bubble growing.

    February 12, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. perry

    Times and CBS – liberals...

    Surprising? No.

    Who is the Obama team paying to try to support an unsupportable president.

    So weak, many journalists feel embarrassment.

    Anyone can see that Obama's demise will never stop.

    Listen to him speak, when he has not teleprompter. Weak.

    February 12, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. JMaster

    Bush was more detrimental to our country than any president in our history.

    February 12, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Worst President Ever!

    February 12, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. P. Luke

    I never thought the little boy crying wolf would actually defer blame, but Obama has used it repeatedly and made people believe it to be true. Will anything ever be his fault?

    February 12, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. Jim

    "Why are people so dumb? This is not Bush's fault. Get over the Bush hatred infatuation and take responsibility for the current administration's actions. The numbers have continued to go down since Obama got into office, where is the accountability?"

    Who is being dumb? The recession started in 2007, due to a number of factors, many enacted during the first part of the Bush Administration. The recession officially ended in 2009. Has Obama resurrected the economy...NO, but did his policies stop it from being much worse than it could have been...YES. We shall see what the next few years brings, but you can't say the foundation of the recession did not start under Bush.

    February 12, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. Ben

    Too True For You – "Talk about buying into a delusional version of "Hope and Change"!"

    You would know all about delusion wouldn't you? How's that "Hope and Change" working out for ya?

    February 12, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. Cluster

    I guess all those crappy house loans that took place when Clinton was in power dont count, huh?
    There are a lot of people to blame, and they all deserve it.
    Obama will go down in history as one of the worst...
    The guys a Community Organizer. What did you expect when you voted him in, America?

    February 12, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. cjr

    GWB, Cheney et. al are considedred war criminals in europe neither one can leave the country. there is a warrent our for their arrest. I would like nothing better than to see both being tried before the Hague. Not only did they get us into a false war – their administration attempted to destroy the constitution and and inaddition are responsible for the financial mess we are in. such as delaying funding for the two wars he is responsible for and god only knows what other crimes he is responsible for.

    February 12, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. VernisRobertson

    You should expect the Republicans blame President Obama for the economy. Let's see , we have been in a recession since 2007 , and President Obama was sworn in January of 2009. Seems like the Republicans have their math wrong again. Those Republicans are always trying to blame someone for their screwed up.Sorry Tea Baggers you can't fooled the people all the time maybe .

    February 12, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. Dave, NE

    New York Times is liberal newspaper so they can give any polling. As for me, Bush did not bring the economy down. It was democrat congress since 2006. Blame the democrats for bad economy then and now and Barack Obama is 100% responsible (not 7%).

    February 12, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    I wasn't polled so will add my vote for the Bush administration's fault for current problems. I also agree that both parties are responsible for getting us out of this and am disgusted with Republican stone throwing and lack of positive contribution to solutions.

    February 12, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. hal

    I agree with Independent's statement and I am a PROUD WHITE WOMAN!! Woo Hoo!!

    February 12, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Pam from Iowa

    The recession started long before Obama was elected President.
    How could anyone point the blame at him?
    Personally, I think it started in the aftermath of Katrina when oil companies were allowed to charge outrageous amounts for gasoline in the US, unchecked by the Bush adminstration.
    With most of their earnings going into their gas tanks, a lot of Americans could no longer afford to pay their bills, pay their mortgages. Thus began the downward spiral of our economy!!!

    February 12, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. Melissa

    Good. Thats squarely who SHOULD be blamed.

    February 12, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. Stephanie

    oh brother! lol

    February 12, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. BowTie

    I wasn't polled so will add my vote for the Bush administration's fault for current problems. I also agree that both parties are responsible for getting us out of this and am disgusted with Republican stone throwing and lack of positive contribution to solutions.

    February 12, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    I love how CNN twists everything in favor of their love icon Obama

    February 12, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. neilo1

    It's hardly surprising the GOP are STILL losing momentum with a record of previous 8 year years of decline & now with people like Palin e.g. up front (what does she perpetually 'chirp' on about anyway does anyone know???) as for the GOP in general they have been steadily sinking despite Dem mis-steps & very temp ecstasy over MA! For smart younger & fresh-thinking Americans (i.e.not glued to Fox or In-Limbo-brain) the status of the present day 'old guard' GOP following the previous 8 years is similar to that of the 'Old Guard' Stalinists in during Gorby's Glasnost days when 'one-party rule' -(something the GOP favored for 8 years)–was still barely intact -their numerous supporters were those who were 'stuck' -trapped in the old ways & status quo -afraid to 'move on'!! to real 'of the people by the people for the people" (which they still dont REALY have!) -GOP support will continue to erode as long as they don't change their ways! This goes for the 'old guard' wing of the Dems too!! Otherwise it might finally be time for a new party of young blood & new ideas! before this now mighty creaky ship of state gets any lower in the water!

    February 12, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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