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

    The right wingnuts are sure perky today. Somebody must have died to make them feel so good.

    February 12, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    You people are desperate, Constantly conducting meaningless polls specifically to dump on those you don't agree with. Today, it's "Bad news" for Bush, I believe yesterday it was "bad news" for Palin. Well, here's some "bad news" for CNN....you look pathetic.

    February 12, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. ART

    My question is where were the tea baggers then when our economy almost collapsed. People with half a brain know who put us in this predicament and who are being obsticles towards a recovery, it's the Republicans and their anti Obama attitude,they definately do not have most Americans interest in mind

    February 12, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. Wade

    Funny... the economy didn't go into the toilet until after the Dems took control of Congress in 2006.
    It was all downhill after that.
    Point the finger at Congress, not Bush.

    February 12, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. john kokesch

    grorge w bush should be hanged for what he has done to this country and millions of people.

    February 12, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. JMaster

    Duh! Bush "IS" responsible for the state of the economy. He spent like Obama but at the same time cut taxes benefitting mostly the rich and corporations. Anybody see a problem with that besides me. Derrrrrrr........I am going to bring in less money to the government while at the same time I am going to spend more. No slide ruler needed here. However, Obama isn't helping things though especially with his Health Care plan. Maybe we can't cover everyone and I am tired of my premiums going up every year equal to or greater than my annual merit raise. But to be honest with you I am still just grateful to have a job to get a raise and have healthcare.

    February 12, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. SF Serg

    Of course it's Bush's fault. The real question is why hasn't he (or GOP) been held accountable?

    February 12, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. Lori in Texas

    So 54% of Americans believe Bush and Wall Street are the main culprits in our current ecomomic valley. It's nice to know that many people really pay attention to facts rather than fall back on the partisian blame game.

    To quote Congressman Patrick Kennedy today:
    "When I made missteps or suffered setbacks, you responded not with contempt but with compassion."

    If more Americans took an honest, bipartisian look at the problems President Obama inherited from the previous administrations (yes, Clinton too), they too would have more compassion then contempt for him. But today's Party Before Country mindset ruins any chance of progress.

    We cannot resolve our economic problems by doing the same things that got us here. Deregulation of Wall Street and tax cuts for the rich obviously did NOT grow jobs, did NOT grow our personal retirement investments, and did NOT keep the cost of heathcare under control.

    February 12, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. Jennifer NYC

    Bush and his administration completely destroyed this economy with his reckless tax cuts for the rich and borrowing billions from China to prosecute his war in Iraq. His administration also trashed the regulatory agencies, politicized the Surgeon General to fit with his philosophy instead of good medical practice. He trashed the decency of being American when he began the waterboarding and what ever other reprehensible torture his administration engaged in. The damage he has done to this country is incredible. I could go on and on and on.

    February 12, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. Bob

    Obama has no leadership abilities at all. The only thing he has accomplished is to convince ill informed people that his failures are due to Bush. When will the people wake up to this inept President?

    February 12, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. Peter Vaguely

    That "W" gets the blame is correct. That his party, the GOP, continues to try to thwart the recovery for political gain is unconscionable. They've got to stop saying "no" and get on board!

    February 12, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. Pepou

    President Obama inherited a deficit of $1.3 TRILLION. Of course Bush & Co should be blamed. they ruined the economy with wars they never paid for, and their tax rebates for the rich. What else is new ?

    February 12, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. File under "Sarcasm"

    CNN headline, "Ticker: Bad News for Bush in Polls"

    Yes, retired President Bush is probably distraught right now because a NY Times poll says some people still blame him for the current state of the economy. If we believed President Obama's rhetoric, shouldn't all of us be thinking that way?

    February 12, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. Emile Zola

    In all fairness, Bush should be blamed for the whole mess until full recovery comes to be. When an arsonist starts a fire, nobody would blame the fire department for trying to extinguish the fire; only when the fire is out for good, we can start the blame game, not before. Obama is not saint of my devotion, but credit should be given only when credit is due and Bush still owns this great depression.

    February 12, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. Tristan

    Bush managed to blame Clinton for everything that went wrong for 4 years, and he inherited a budget surplus!

    February 12, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. Edwin

    The reason for this is clear: if you say something to the American people over and over, they believe it to be true. Obama and the dems in Congress have been blaming Bush for the current mess for the last year, over and over. So Americans believe it.

    The fact that it is true is irrelevant, just like it is irrelevant that Obama is an American citizen, and that he is not a socialist. The people who hear those things over and over "know" them to be as true as any other "facts."

    It is really sad - knowledge and facts do not educate Americans, only repeated bit-phrases, said by someone with an agenda.

    February 12, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. William

    Wow, you mean the Astroturf Revolution didn't get a nod in here on Obama being to blame?! Hey CNN, don't you read the news? Bye the way, keep government out of my Medicare!

    (LOL)

    February 12, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  18. Ken

    Of course they do. I'm no Bush fan but to be fair he was not the main player in the housing issue that has brought us economically to our knees. If we were to make a list of guilty people we would also have to include Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and Barney Frank; who proclaimed on C-span that investigations into Freddie and Fanny at the time were nothing but witch hunts.

    February 12, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. Michael

    This is obvious and it confirms my belief in the intelligence of our citizens. Our financial industry collapsed. Our real estate market collapsed. You don't fix that level of failure in a year.

    February 12, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. Paul

    Bush, the almighty powerful one.

    Bush, dumped snow on 50 states!

    Bush, has silenced Gore and his 'global warming' LIE.

    Bush, the reason I have no sunshine here in Ohio today.

    BUSH, stop ruining my life.

    Wahhhhhhhhhhhhh.

    ;(

    February 12, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  21. EDR

    Dems have been in charge of both houses congress for almost 4 years now. When will they own up and take some responsibility for their own failures? Frank, Dodd, Rangle, Reid, Pelosi, what have you done for your country in the last 4 years??????

    February 12, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  22. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Bush would never lose sleep over anything that he did wrong. He is a country clubber who could never take responsibility for any of his wrong doings.

    If asked, "What would you do over?"

    His reply would be, "I should have worn a blue tie when I announced Iraq had WMD's."

    February 12, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  23. Pres. John McCain

    However the public is to blame for voting for them both.

    February 12, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. Steve (the real one)

    Why do all the Bush supporters/Obama bashers remind me of Floyd R. Turbo?

    February 12, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  25. Nathan

    First before the the bashing begins I would have to stand with the 10% that blames all of the above, now with that being said how can you have a true sampling of the how most Americans feel when the amount of people interviewed is less then even 1% of the population. To have a true measure you need a better sampling.

    February 12, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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