February 12th, 2010
05:52 PM ET
10 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. Cindy

    The billboard mocked us... "Miss Me Yet?"

    NO! 10 thousand times, NO!

    We still remember... when the market was tanking at the end of 2008... and we were looking for leadership, GWB would come out of his white house every so many days, and say some gibberish, take no questions, and disappear back into his white house, and the market would tank again the next day.

    Have absolutely NO desire to return to that presidency.

    As for the current one, it has been crippled by a Congress that has continued to fiddle while the country burns. Throw the bums out! Comeon President Obama, start naming names! You promised you would! Who's blocking your nominations for their own personal gains? They're the ones who need to announce they're not seeking re-election, not the conscientious ones!

    February 12, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. Davie

    Who are you going to blame three-four years from now, when we are in a depression!

    February 12, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. Larry Blom

    With ever-electioneering republicans picking-and in many cases manufacturing-their own set of "facts", this story almost restores one's faith in the-truth-will-out. That the Cheney/Bush whitehouse came so close to completely wrecking the American Dream is, sadly, all too real.

    February 12, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. RJ

    You have got to be kidding with this survey ! Let's see, No Weapons of Mass Destruction-no funding for both wars, two tax cuts for the rich-no funding, Haliburton non competing contract-Americans fleeced! Americans used to be stooges for the Arabs, so the Bush family through their family business keeps making money ! Yea, I can believe the Bush Administration is at fault !!!

    February 12, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Steve

    Maybe it was Reagan's fault......

    February 12, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. joe

    Well they are the party of personal responsibility, its about time they take some for what they have done to my country . Bush , has always been a bungler, and he left the country in a schambles . He will go down in history as the worst president ever .

    February 12, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    Even in this instant-gratification, me-first, on-demand world that will hasten the decline of the empire, the majority of Americans realize the Party of No is interested in POWER first, with the COMMON GOOD a distant second. the majority of Americans soundly reject Sarah, Rush, the angry, aimless, WHITE MIDDLE-AGED Tea Party (which was fully exposed by the butthead from Colorado) and other forms of extremism which have no place in mainstream America. And the majority of Americans, while too consumed with the present and IPods and Twitter and Facebook and American Idol, know just enough about history to realize Bush and his cronies authored the worst economic decade since the Great Depression. No Rush, Obama isn't Puff the Magic Negro (as you proclaimed on the air), and the American people know he can't work miracles. But Americans still know where the cast most of the blame.

    February 12, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. Peter in Texas

    George W. Bush and the Republicans are the major reason we are in this mess. The trouble is that we have let them off the hook and not charged any in W Bush's administration and the Republican held Congress with "High Crimes and Misdemeanors". We need to stop listening to the Republicans, conservatives and the TEA party and move forward in getting this country going again. They are not going to be a part of the solution because they are the problem.

    February 12, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. Nick

    This just means 31% of Americans don't understand who creates the laws and who passes the budgets in this country. The administration (Bush) is one small player of many. Every penny spent was approved by Congress. Every law that financial institutions used to play fast and loose was passed by Congress. The only blame Bush gets is poor enforcement. In short, everyone was to blame, including the individual American who suddenly thought they were a millionaire.

    February 12, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. Glennis

    I blame Bush and I blame equally the Democratic congress who helped him spend, spend, spend. Now that's in the past, but the Democratic president and the Democratic congress are still hell bent on spending us into oblivion. For that they deserve much blame! They don't seem to have learned anything.

    February 12, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. FactCheck

    Shhh... don't tell those teabaggers. They are still under the impression that tax cuts for the rich, two wars, deregulation of banks and housing are good for the economy.

    February 12, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. Chicagoan

    Of course CNN's poll would show that, they tow the party line. It's amazing that the natural defense is still to "pass the buck." You can justify spending trillions of dollars by saying that our previous president got us into the mess. How do you help us again? By spending more money? That's self defeating. Deflate your air-bags (aka your blowhorns) and wake up to the reality that our new administration is sinking us in every way they can.

    February 12, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. FactCheck

    Obama's popularity dropped farther, faster than any President in history.

    You may want to turn off Fox News and actually pick up a newspaper. try to educate yourself instead of being a sheep.

    February 12, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. Yolanda/New York

    Viper BUSH did a bad job as President. BNo WMD found, started a baseless war that wasn't included in his budget, gave tax breaks to the wealthy, was for deregualtion, did a medical plan that was never paid for, padded his budget etc.. and the list goes on. Now you are blamingh Obama for a mess that BUSH created. Sound like psych talk to me.

    February 12, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. Big John

    What would anyone expect from the worst president ever? President Obama is doing the best he can with NO HELP from the republicans and the economy is beginning a slow turn back in the right direction. As he said though, the economy is like trying to do a U-turn with an ocean liner, it takes time. If the republicans would at least try a little it would help but they are the ones who're holding back progress, not the democratic party.

    February 12, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. Brian

    It's hard to blame Obama and the democrats who have been in control for the past 3 years when every major news source continues to encourage the blaming fo Bush for everything wrong with Obama.

    Obama and these democrats have increased the debt of this country more than double of what Bush ever did and yet every major news source refused to publish the truth. I've not heard anyone news source other that 2 even comment on the secret healthcare meetings and the breaking of the continued promises of Obama.

    Newsflash, while every major "news" organization continues to ignore the failed policies of Obama and those democrats in control, we the people will elect those willing and able to see the truth and get these professional politicians out of office and begin passing policies we the people elected them to do.

    February 12, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. Diane

    I don't understand why people are STILL REPUBLICAN when all Republican theories have been disproven. Trickle down, what a laugh. Deregulation of banks, sure sure. Cuts for all social programs leads to people who believe in creationism. Of course this is all Bush's fault. And Reagan's. Republicans should disband in shame.

    February 12, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. EDR

    For those that insist Bush is single-handedly responsible for everything BAD in this country, you're testifying that Bush is/was the most powerful president in history, and that none of the liberals could or would do anything to stop him while he was president.

    So, what have dems/liberals done to stop him since Obama became president??????????

    February 12, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. Blame everyone... but mostly Barney

    He's only being blamed by the uneducated and the far lefties.

    Most people know by now that much of fault falls to policies (loans for those that can't afford homes) started by Carter, pushed through by Clinton, not managed well by Freddy and Fannie, who was being watched / regulated (oversight) by an incompetent Barney Frank and a corrupt Chris Dodd–plus, we had banks making risky loans (as instructed by the government) and people taking loans that they couldn't pay back.

    BTW: Barney and Dodd were warned 17 times since 2003 by President Bush about the dangers facing Fanny and Freddie. They DID NOTHING TO STOP THE CRISIS.

    February 12, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. State of Tennessee

    CNN needs to tune into another news channel once in awhile. If they did, they would find out that Bush and Palin are not running for office so constant polls aboout them are quite meaninglless. Maybe they should ask a poll question about how many years need to pass before Obama begins to accept responsibility for......well, anything. OK, he does accept ego stroking awards, but that isn't the same as accepting responsibility.

    February 12, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  21. gg

    It's not just Bush alone who is responsible, it's the entire hard core reactionary right wing agenda the Republicans crammed down the throats of the American people.

    February 12, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. precious

    Give me back those 8 years.....less unemployment, more overtime, annual raises, travelling....need I say more. I had hope then, now I have no change.

    February 12, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. Jay T.

    Ronald Regan and Bill Clinton have plenty of blood on their hands, too. But, yeah, Bush was a joke on most fronts.

    February 12, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  24. Mad Matt

    Hey, it is what it is.

    Anyone who has ever cleaned or remodeled a home or made a major repair on an automobile knows that you need to make a mess in order to clean up. Bush did nothing but cut taxes during a time of war after the worst attack by a foreign invader on U.S. soil in American history.

    February 12, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  25. Davey

    Anyone who says the current economic state isn't directly related to the fiscal irresponsibility of the Bush administration is totally delusional.

    The problem is that fixing it isn't going to happen overnight. It took most of the Reagan, first Bush and a quarter of the Clinton administrations to recover from the last recession.

    February 12, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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