April 1st, 2010
01:55 PM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Obama getting more blame for economy

President Obama is being blamed for tough economic conditions, a new poll shows.
President Obama is being blamed for tough economic conditions, a new poll shows.

Washington (CNN) – The number of Americans who blame President Obama for the recession has nearly doubled, according to a new national poll. But the USA/Today Gallup survey also indicates that more people still blame former President George W. Bush for the nation's economic problems.

Twenty-six percent of people questioned in the poll say Obama deserves a great deal of blame for the tough economic times, nearly double the number of people who felt that way last July. The survey also indicates that half of the public says the president deserves at least a moderate amount of blame over the economy.

According to the poll, 42 percent blame Bush, which is basically unchanged from the amount of people who last summer said Obama's predecessor in the White House deserved a great deal of blame for the nation's economic problems.

Economists say the country sank into recession in December 2007.

The USA/Today Gallup poll was conducted March 26-28 with 1,033 adults questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Monday indicates that 44 percent of Americans approved of how Obama is handling the economy, with 55 percent saying they disapprove. The 44 percent approval on the economy is down 10 points from last September, with disapproval up 10 points.

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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Fed Up

    As well he should. He declared the recession over at least 6 months ago. Now it is all his problem.

    April 1, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Jim M

    While true, kind of a misleading headline. Yes more people ay blame him, but its still just 1 in 4.

    April 1, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. precious

    After over a year, I believe President Bush has moved on with his life without blaming anyone for our own downfall, shouldn't we do the same?

    April 1, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. Ben Dover

    Obama owns the economy now and he is owns this liability of a healthcare bill. If you don't own anything, or work for a living, or have no hope of either one sure you approve of Obama. Once you come off the baby bottle and into the real world he is a disaster.

    April 1, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. Charlie in Maine

    Poll: Obama getting more blame for economy

    Great news. As his policies take hold he should get more of the blame. That is what he signed up for and he knew it would happen. As the economy recovers though he should get more of the credit. The GOP will try to keep us from noticing so be sure to keep your eyes open.

    April 1, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. Kenneth

    This is simple, if the Economist say the country sank into recession in December 2007, how can you blame the current president. The economy didn't faulter overnight, it took years and there were a number of reasons that led to the downturn under President Bush. President Obama is making tough decisions to turn this economy around and that will not happen overnight. To blame President Obama would be ridiculous.

    Also who are these people CNN poll? They are obvious not to bright.

    April 1, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Helen

    Why can't people understand that the party of No is the reason and not Obama. He is doing all he can to lip their butts but noooooooooo the Repubs still say no. So when the blame comes down to Bush cronnines don't blame the man that is trying, blame the Party of No for not thinking of the American people but thinking about themselves.

    April 1, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. Jon

    Remember today is April-fool day. However, I would say that Obama has been fooling those who have half of the brain but nevertheless gone to Harvard or Columbia, do not want to work or pay the tax but want government-handouts, gone to very good colleges without merits, got the good jobs without qualifications to successfully elect him in 2008. Why don't you liberals join Obama to continuously blame somebodys' faults until 2012 or 2050?

    April 1, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. ANTHONY

    Americans are dumb. Lets face it. We're not one of those countries that places education high up the priority chain. Dont get me wrong, we have the best facilities in the world. Doesnt mean we choose to maximize them.
    That said... America's short term memories (2 Wars and a Financial Bust) now have most people waiting for a quick fix after 8 years. You people do realize HOW broken things were left by George Bush right????

    ASK NOT WHAT YOURE COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU.......

    April 1, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Hugo

    According to the poll, 42 percent blame Bush, which is basically unchanged from the amount of people who last summer said Obama's predecessor in the White House deserved a great deal of blame for the nation's economic problems
    ________________________________

    I believe anyone that has any understanding of macroeconomics and the role that the FED plays in our economy realizes that the economic destruction started long before GW Bush was in the Whitehouse. Look back to Lyndon Johnson and Bill Clinton, you will find plenty of the economic problems we are living today started when Americans became the entitlement society, your vote for a free tax handout. Reward the Ticks living off others hard work, it is devastating our society, we now reward the unproductive at the cost to the hardworking, have no worries, Obama has now set the standard as low as it can go, Government employment is now the new Welfare entitlement system!

    April 1, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Russ

    Now, does this show you how stupid Americans can be, and most notably, Republicans. The recession started and the economy tanked well over a year before Obama took office, but people blame him for it. I guess that means Obama started the war in Iraq and Afghanistan too. But, then the Republican bible thumpers still believe an imaginary invisible being created the heavens and earth with the magical wave of his hand. Just keep living in your fantasy world.....it would give the rest of us a good laugh it wasn't so tragic.

    April 1, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. Angus McDugan

    I love our infatuation with the blame game.

    WHY DON'T WE FOCUS ON THE SOLUTION?

    April 1, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. forty

    Of course he is. It's an election cycle. Look at the spending by presidents since the great depression, it takes a lot of money to bail this country out of the worst condition it's been in since the depression. Bush trashed the economy, started two wars, and started plenty of unfunded projects. None of this was important to the GOP, because they were driving the boat. Now I hear "you can't blame Bush forever, you have to blame Obama now". But you do not take a country as far down the road of economic disaster as Bush did, and then expect it to turn around on a dime. Look at the historical spending by presidents, and you will see that the GOP have been the fiscally challenged ones. I've been a republican all my life, but the party, it's idiot tea baggers, Hannity, Limbaugh, and Glenn Anticrist Beck, scare the hell out of me.

    April 1, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. amt. CA

    I support Obama & his handling of the economy, I also support his health care reform bill. Vote Obama in 2012

    April 1, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Did the Great Depression take only one year to fix? The Great Recession will take years to get back to a normal economy. Anyone that expects otherwise is clueless.

    April 1, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. Bruce

    Obozo should be blamed. He talked of how after just one year unemployement would be soooooo low. Where are the jobs now you big idiot.

    April 1, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. Elliott Carlin

    And now the bad news: He's raided the budget of my unborn grandchildren's America.

    This ain't going to bet getting any better anytime soon.

    (and enough of the blamebushfirst nonsense. Yes, he opened the floodgates, but please show me where Obama has voted against spending of any kind...he's a major part of why we are where we are)

    April 1, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. jp,michigan

    Obama should have spent much more time on the economy then on health-care. He stated health-care bill would create more jobs. From what the American people are hearing from big business, in order to comply with Obama health-care bill , more jobs will be lost and prices of their products will go up. The Amreican people will pay more for their services ( ATT) and their products. So who really benefited by the 1 year long debate and passage of the bill? It has always been a political tool not a plus for the tax payer.

    April 1, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. File under "Sarcasm"

    As a caption for the Obama picture with this Ticker item;

    "What you talkin about, Willis?"

    If you're old enough, you'll understand.

    April 1, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. MikeH

    What a red herring this story is.

    26% of those polled blame Obama for the economy, yeah, of course.

    26% of the population think Obama's the antichrist, I wonder if its the same people.

    April 1, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Sgt. USMC

    I don't get it.

    President Obama was still candidate Obama when the crap hit the fan.

    HOW CAN ANYONE BLAME A CANDIDATE?

    Since becoming President, the UE percentage has dropped.

    What else do people want?

    He's tried to get help to people but the party of NO does just that, votes NO.

    I wish I knew if someone I associate with participated on one of these polls because I would not associate with them any longer.

    April 1, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. Mary

    How can any one blame President Obama for this mess, we where already in this mess before he came President. The President is trying to clean up this mess.

    April 1, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  23. Davey

    Obama is getting more blame for the economy , yet those same peoplel are not taking notice that things seem to be rebounding. The pace may not be a fast as everyone wants it to be but it is a fact that we are loosing less jobs and the stock market is showing growth.

    April 1, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. You've got to be kidding me?

    People, are you insane? How in the hell is it possible for Pres. Obama to have caused the massive economic damage in just a little over 1 year? Answer: it is not possible. Please, people Bush's policies are what caused the recession. They cut taxes for the richest, including corporations, stopped regulating the banks altogether, and put massive budget cuts to almost all federal agencies like the FDA. Remember the spinach and lettuce contamination of e-coli a few years ago? It was found there was not enough manpower to oversee production in processing plants. I could go on and on and on. Please do your research and pull the cobwebs out of your memory banks. But mostly, STOP listening to right wing talk radio and Fox and Freaks news. They are lying and playing politics and some of you are falling hook, line and sinker.

    April 1, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Robert

    Anyone who blames Obama for the mess we're in is an idiot. We are a nation of idiots frankly. The crash already happened before the man took the oath of office. And at the time he passed his recovery package he himself said it would be 2 years before we were growing again. That has been a consistent message...

    He did a great deal to save this country.

    April 1, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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