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. Albert R. Killackey

    For over three decades since Reagan began cutting taxes and regulations on rich global corporations the wealth of middle-class Americans has been sponged into the global corporate economy. Today the Arab world is building the worlds tallest buildings, Europe and Asia have high speed electric rail systems and every civilized nation, but us, has had universal health care for decades. This problem did not occur since Obama took office last year. Obama won the election because Republicans caused this problem

    April 1, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. Obama the Liar

    no worry, we have at least three more years of that free obama money.

    April 1, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Richard

    We tend to blame the government now for all of our economic news-doesn't matter who sits in the throne of power. Isn't about time that we place the BLAME SQUARELY WHERE IT BELONGS-ON CORPORATE AMERICA AND THEIR UNENDING GREED?

    April 1, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. Tim

    But he saved or created all those jobs.

    April 1, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. puzzled

    So if a person was able to dig a ditch for 8 hours and is then replaced, would you expect the hole to be filled in by the new person in an hour and 15 minutes? Come on people, it is going to take some time to get out of the mess we are in. Lets have some realistic expectations.

    April 1, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. a health economist

    Did this poll also ask whether the respondent has a thorough understanding of macro economics? No? Then this is essentially asking what people think is effecting something that they have no expertise on and cannot possibly give an objective reply on. We are then suppose to pass judgement on the administration based on this.

    Not to mention the fact that we don't know why people disapprove. Maybe they think he needs to cut spending and cut taxes. Maybe they think he needs to raise spending and raise taxes. These are two very different veiw points that could give the same response.

    April 1, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. Kim

    The only people to blame is the Republicans. We gave them a surplus and the took us into a depression. Why would anyone want to vote for these old farts?

    April 1, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. chris l

    Uh Oh, Quick CNN bring up something about a fracture in the Republican Party or how about putting something together about the Tea Party being racist. Maybe you could do another anti Palin or anti Bush story. LOL LOL. You should get rid of this story and poll as quickly as possible. It doesn't fit the CNN narrative of OBOZO. Maybe you could come up with another story on right wing terrorism or some fake spitting incident or something like that. LOL

    April 1, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. hobart

    Well it doesn't help that the other side is circulating lies, and no one in the media is calling them on it.

    The lies include that the stimulus bill promised to keep unemployment below 8%, Give me a break. The stimulus bill was designed to prevent the Second Great Depression, and to turn the Economy Around. That it didn't prevent unemployment from exceeding 8% is small potatoes considering that without the stimulus bill, the economy would be in total collapse and unemployment would be catastrophic, in the high double digits.

    Republicans are either stupid enough to believe that had we done nothing (except more deregulation, more unfunded tax cuts, more unfunded prescription drugs, more unfunded wars) that the economy would have recovered by now. Either that, or they're banking on the fact that we're stupid enough not to see through their lies and hypocrisy.

    The market indices are at 18-month highs, yet Republicans keep telling us the economy is failing, that disaster is right around the corner, because they're counting on their pessimism and nay saying to be a self fulfilling prophecy. Republicans want the economy to fail so they can regain power again, quickly, and they don't care who gets hurt in the process.

    Why are Republicans such heartless bastards?

    Why do Republicans so hate America?

    April 1, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. Jeff in Virginia

    As if this is a surprise?

    The #1 cable news outlet (FOX) is 100% focused on tearing Obama down. That is going to have an effect on polls.

    April 1, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. kk

    Those 26 percent have their heads in the sand. They must be Republicans.

    April 1, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. Angi's Mom

    Today, the DOW is 10,899. Does ANYONE remember what it was a year ago??? Does ANYONE remember Bush and McCain declaring that the fundamentals of our economy are basically sound, and then mortgage collapes and bailouts on Bush's watch ??? Does ANYONE

    April 1, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is easy to dig a hole in the ground or making a hole in the wall. The problem is fixing it correctly so that the hole doesn't hurt anyone else. It will take a while because this hole is huge. It isn't an easy problem to fix.

    April 1, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. Tom in Va

    Why not lookat then umbers differently...

    74% of Americans (that's virtually 3/4th's!) doNOT blame Obama for the ecomony...Oh...which by the way... is MUCH better than it was in July.
    All this poll shows is that:

    1) 26% of the nation is either stupid or terribly malinformed and:

    2) That the reporting of polls in "reverse order" is consciously misleading.

    April 1, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. normajean

    Anyone with a brain, who can read and think for themselves knows that the economic condition of this nation started years ago when the Bush administration took us into war, propped up the banking institutions and gave tax breaks to the wealthy. If this is beyond your understanding then NOTHING THAT ANY ONE SAYS CAN HELP YOU. THIS PRESIDENT HAS NOT BEEN IN OFFICE LONG ENOUGH TO HAVE MADE THIS MESS EVEN IF HE WANTED TO..

    April 1, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. jane in wi

    Get real people........Obama is cleaning up Bush's extensive economic mess, place blame where it is deserved!

    April 1, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. Carl

    The Mess is TODAY...not last year or ten years ago...Stop Passing the Buck...as Harry S. Truman said...The Buck Stops Here...But Obama loves to play the blame game....and take responsibility for the present state of affairs...He is the Worst Pres...that I can ever remember...and I have been on this earth since..Franklin D, Roosevelt

    April 1, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. normajean

    Once again may we comment on this "POLLS" thing. I am constantly talking to people who say the same thing i have been saying"POLLS, WHAT POLLS" I personally have NEVER been polled about anything and my friends and family all say the same thing and yet you newsmedia people continually refer to these readings as if they were law.Isn't it about time that polls are either a thing of the past or they become available to everyone? THIS IS A SERIOUS REQUEST.

    April 1, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. Dave

    Well, yeah! He hasn't done much and his plans he has with Geithner, Volcker, etc are no good. This is all about ruining the country, nothing more. And it will continue with either of the two parties (since it is all a scam).

    April 1, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. Kathleen

    Well, you know, I just went to read news on CNN Money and now, I understand a little more what Obama's Health Care Bill has in it. And, think I have made "a little sense" of the New Democratic Health Care Bill, and am trusting it just a little bit better. There are so many questions, For instance, I did not know that Americans will be able to buy into a pool, meaning uninsured adults! That would be good. CNN, can you explain, and keep explaining because people like me get upset.

    I am not worried about myself, but I am worried about my children and grandchildren! Really, I am on Medicare and I feel safe for myself. I never, never was doubtful about my Medicare and S.S. being there for me. I trust Democrats with that. But Republicans always blame the entitlements first, and never blame the wars and their outrageous spending. A lot needs to happen to change the way Politicians take money for their votes! That change needs to happen right NOW. And Politicians who took money from Health Care Reform and Big Oil companies to deny Climate Change, like Mr. Pence, really need to
    go, and go quick! Change needs to happen with that particular NOW.
    And, I know that state pensions for Politicians are robbing the states blind. I read in Illinois, one state that is in a dire situation that the
    pensions and retirements of hundreds of Politicians andSuperintendent of Schools is $20,000 TO $30,000 A MONTH, MAKING THEM MILLIONAIRES AND LETTING hundreds of teachers go and cutting school days to 4 days a week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I could not believe the list of Retirees from the State of Illinois receiving $20,000 to $30,000 A MONTH in retirement alone. Not counting their Health Care for Life. And they blame the Medicare, S.S.
    and Unemployment for their woes. they cut teachers and school days. There is an enormous amount of money that this state takes in to cover all of the necessary needs of our State, but right off the top, every month it is goint to retirements of these people! (ntui.com)
    See for yourself and if you wonder about why your state is in the red,
    check it out. You will be appalled.

    April 1, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. dave l

    There seem to be an awful lot of very, very ignorant Americans. How can anyone with half a brain blame Obama for a recession that started over a year before he took office? I'll bet these are the same geniuses who blame Obama for spending money to get the economy back on track, while the Republicans try to stop anything he proposes. But I guess its elitist to try to make any sense or use logic.

    April 1, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. terry,va.

    If the world came to end tomorrow, Bush would get the blame. The ignorance of the American people never ceases to amaze me.

    April 1, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Bush was Bin Laden's dream come true......America got trashed on every level for eight solid sad years. Why he is not wearing an orange jump suit awaiting trial for treason and war crimes is beyond me. Instead, the smug little twerp gets a lifetime pension and "socialized" medical care for life, al funded by the very citizenry he savaged while his cronies got even richer. There is no justice in America if Bush does not answer for his many crimes. Obama inherited a tragic mess.

    April 1, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. Ken

    Makes you wonder how many people would blaim the Democrats who took over as the majority in Congress in 2006 and started spending like there was no tomorrow? Oh, they did not ask that question? Most not have been the answer they were looking for. It is CONGRESS who decides where the money will be spent, just as it was CONGRESS who passed health care. The Democrats have been in control of Congress since 2006, and the results speak for themselves.

    April 1, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. Nate from Atlanta

    Obama should get more blame. Even though I support him, Obama can no longer blame Bush. This mess is his now and I hope he can get it cleaned up.

    April 1, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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