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. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    I am sure we can find a Rasmussen/Fox poll that says 90% blame Obama for the economic meltdown in the September before he was elected. At least in this poll, most are giving credit where credit is due by pointing at the liar in chief, George Bush.

    February 12, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Alan

    Lets review the facts:

    -Dems been in control of the money since 2007
    -Deficit under Bush was about 1/10 of what it is now
    -$1,000,000,000,000 of new spending was supposed to cap unemployment at 8% which is now at 10%
    -Financial regulatoin sought by the Bush Adm was stopped by Barny Frank and Chris Dodd

    That being said, Bush and the Repubs still did not do enough to reign in spending.

    The result- The Repubs were kicked out of office. Time for the Dems to take their medicine!!

    February 12, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. A GREAT REPUBLICAN

    You can blame the Democratic Party for the down fall of our Economy.

    This is what you get from Socialism. President Bush was one of our great Presidents, Obama does't even come close.

    February 12, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. Josh

    Both parties are to blame as well as ourselves. Its sad so few of us are willing to place the blame elsewhere when it has been and always be on us the american populace.

    February 12, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  5. SocialismBad

    Most Americans have been duped by the MSM. Democrats have controlled Congress and thus SPENDING going on FOUR YEARS. Bush, by LAW, couldn't spend a penney without their approval.

    Democrats take control in January, 2007, recession starts December, 2007! Coincidence??!! I think NOT!!!

    The inept policies of the Democrats brought this on and now are contributing to the lengthening of the recession and joblessness. Of course most Americans are dumb enough to believe the constant "blame Bush" coming from the Democrats and their mouthpiece, the MSM.

    February 12, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. Stallion

    If Obama can't handle the job after all his speeches then I would be glad to give it a try........if I fail then I can just blame Bush too.......haaaaaaaaa.

    February 12, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. Obama Victim

    very amusing comments today...all the left wingnuts are out..hailing this poll as confirmation that, indeed, Bush is to blame for everything...of course, there are the same fools, that when a poll is out showing Obama sinking in approval, claim that polls are inrellevant and can not be trusted.....really pretty funny, albeit pathetic

    February 12, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. File under "Sarcasm"

    "The public still tends to blame the Republicans for current economic conditions".

    That's easy to believe when the Campaigner in Chief still takes every opportunity to say that it's their fault. How about some comparative numbers showing how many believed that a year ago, or six month's ago. A trend is more telling than a single point.

    February 12, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    I see that the senate confirmed 27 of Obama's nominees today. Does this mean Sen. Shelby got his pork projects for Alabama? Another lying republican hypocrite.

    February 12, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. donttreadonme

    It just shows you how naive the public still is about the real issues. What Bush policy caused the economy to swing down?? Please don’t blame tax cuts that is a joke, or deregulation because that is a bigger joke. In fact the Bush administration tried to regulate Fannie and Freddie and were blocked by Barney Frank and his dem pals. Bush played a part but the subprime loans that were championed by Dodd, Franks and Obama’s pals at Acorn are the biggest culprits. But don’t take my word for it read the analysis by independent economic experts.

    February 12, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. Speedster

    First poll I've seen that I think is rationally based. Bush blamed Clinton for stuff for about 7 years.

    February 12, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. Clint, Wa.

    Do you think he really cares anymore? NO.

    February 12, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. Betty

    here is a question for Biden, how many tax dollars are going to be spent for Biden to attend the olympics? I am sure he could care less, but, it angers me. My question to CNN is this: When Biden had his brain surgery was it an Lobotomy? He just seems to be unqualied to be a VP, but, then again, it did not take lots of smarts to be President, so I guess Biden may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but, he can wing it to be VP. Looking forward to Mid term elections. Betty

    February 12, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. Dale

    LOOK – I didn't like Bush for a number of reasons BUT

    He would have allowed banks/businesses to fail. This would have been sorted out immediately and smaller firms would have bought up the pieces and we would NOT have went more in debt with China.

    We also would have been turned arounf by now and rebuilding a lot faster than currently. The FAT bonuses your all complaining about wouldn't be happening and the other things you still say we need reform on would have already happened.

    February 12, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. Chris

    WHO CARES!? Fix the problem instead of living in the past. Blaming doesn't solve anything. JUST FIX IT!

    February 12, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. Rogue

    Good ol' W....will be forever remembered for almost singlehandly bringing down our entire country.

    February 12, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. Robert

    How any1 could say the blame lies with 1 single thing is absolutely beyond me. THEYRE ALL TO BLAME....No doubt

    February 12, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. Danny

    This really surprises me as most Americans have the attention span – but not the memory – of a 5 year old. Many of the comments I've read on other articles seek to place blame on Obama and the Democrats for the downturn, and the outright hatred some seem to have for President Obama is appalling. One would think he attacked another country under false pretenses, authorized the torture of "enemy combatants", ignored the basic tenets of our Constitution, and presided over the worse economic meltdown our country has seen since the Great Depression! How about any of the Obama bashers tell me how the country is in worse shape now than it was in January 2009. Doesn't anyone remember that the "Great Recession" was in full force then? It's not like it just started the day he took office

    February 12, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. TomInRochNY

    Bush and the Rs to blame for the shape the country is in now. What a shocker. The only ones who don't believe Bush is to blame are die hard right wingers. I just hope most people remember it in November. The last thing we need is more R chaos.

    February 12, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. Dale

    What do you expect? This is politics, it is always the other guys fault; and in 2013 when Obama is no longer president, he will be blamed by his replacement. There is no accountability, honesty, or integrity in Washington anymore, it is all CYA and politicians are always there to point the finger and never there to take the blame .

    February 12, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  21. tom

    Imagine that... NY Times and CBS polls blaming the Bush administration... Grow up ...

    February 12, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  22. EW

    Yeah, apparently there are still a few people in this country who aren't clueless.....you would have to be living under a rock for the last 8 years to not still blame Bush for most of this mess....

    February 12, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. I voted for Obama and proud of it in Oregon

    of course he is , President Obama is trying to fix the crap Cheney and group did to this country . and why is THIS WEEK talking to the terrorist Cheney . the man is negative about everything and should be held accountable for the debacle of the Iraq war and the econemy , and pretty much every thing . glad to see the Bush Cheney tax break for the rich is going away . americans should be taxed at 1% on gross earnings
    from the wealthest to the poor. no deductions . just a 1% tax
    then get a public health plan like social security . no money goes for CEO'S bonus or administrative charges . every dime is used for health care . from preventative to actual health issues :)

    February 12, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. Lucy

    What the people forget is that the Democrats took over two years before Bush left! THAT'S when the problem really festered.

    February 12, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  25. I am the Wizard of Rush and I say . . .

    We need strong conservative republicans to finish the job that Bush couldn't: The systematic destruction of the middle class.

    February 12, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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