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. Aaron

    Let's see how the right will spin those numbers.

    February 12, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. southerncousin

    It would be really interesting for some enterprising news organization to tell the true story, about how the economy started getting bad after the liberals took over Congress in 2006 and the first bill they passed was of course the minimum wage increase which Bush in an effort to be bipartisan stupidly signed. I know CNN will not do this, and certainly not MSNBC, but maybe Fox or some other legitimate news organization might.

    February 12, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  3. Tim in NC


    Despite all the Right-wing propaganda trying to deflect their own failings, you can't make or break an economy in less than a year.

    Bush came into office riding high on Clinton's Budget Surpluses, and now we are trying to deal with ramifications of the economic free-for-all Bush allowed to happen that seem so "great" at the time the bubble was still growing.

    I was a stockbroker for a VERY short period of time. I saw the culture that existed and was fed by the "hands-off" approach Bush's reglators took when it came to Wall Street. The fact that the economy HASN'T completely collapsed is a testament to the changes Obama has put in place and the efforts his admin has made to fix things.

    February 12, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. Jane/Seattle

    Bush is/was groomed as the front man and the fall guy for those who engineer these "Shock" methods all over this World. Advice to the "Shock Doctors" (Naomi Klein): Get you a more articulate front man! Oops! I guess you did! All indicators point this way, but we still wait for the Ace to get played from up the sleeves to save our country from these Free Market Destroying Predators!

    Better yet, Rise Up all you People in Free Speech. Shout it from the street corners, the pulpits, in front of the Doctor's Ediface, Banks, Radio, TV, Grocery stores. Of Course, this must be done with NO Violence. Violence is the Way of our adversaries down this path to self-destruction. Peace Person

    February 12, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. no2gop

    Americans apparently have very short attention spans. Every time the GOP gains control of the white house they give tax breaks to the wealthy and push the national debt to new massive heights. Then they let the Democrats clean up the mess. It takes more than a year to rebuild the economy and figure out how to clean up the Republican budget mess. Why anyone would vote for a Republican is beyond my comprehension.

    February 12, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. Lloyd E. Shoemaker

    So if what your poll says is true, then 69% of the people don't blame President Bush. Why wasn't that the headline?

    February 12, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. LAW

    No doubt the liberals are prepared with their claim for "fixing" the economy: "The operation was a success, but the patient died."

    Economically, Bush gave us "liberal lite". We are now getting a taste of "liberal enhanced". This story does not end well.

    February 12, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. Dimslie

    Who took the poll, Obama?

    February 12, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. Laurie

    Connect the dots backward and lay the blame where it should be.

    February 12, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. seebofubar

    That just goes to show how un-informed the American public is. The economy was booming under Bush until the Democrats took over control of the House and Senate. Then they ALL started spending like drunken sailors.

    February 12, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. Clint, Wa.

    Trickle down economics wasn't good enough, they left an avalanche of economic woes.

    February 12, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. Should be 100% Bush/Cheney

    It looks as though the rethugs and tea baggers will have to just get used to the "blame Bush" crowd. Why? BECAUSE IT IS THE FACTS!
    Geez. Oh, that's right. The right doesn't like the facts. Which is why FoxNews and AM radio is so appealing to them! Wake up people. The truth will set you free!

    It IS all Bush's fault and the right wing bolster the rich policies and deregulation. Period.

    February 12, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. buckwheat

    Duh> He ain't there anymore don't you know. Maybe this is a holdover from Herbert Hoover days that is just now catching up. Maybe It is Roosevelts fault.Without world war two we would probably still be in that Depression. Before that war, mostly only men worked at public work and we did not require but half the jobs to keep people employed. "If "is a hellof a big word that probably was not taught at Havid.

    February 12, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. mac from pa

    fact: barry boi knew what was happening when he ran for the the job.
    fact:: barry boi got he job and all the benefits and problems ;

    perhaps one day they will drop and barry boi will man up and take responsibility for what he has to do and stop living in the past.
    ok bush is at fault , but guess what , bush aint president anymore and obama is. so stop all your snivling and get your party in line.
    even with a supermajority they played politics amongst their own and HOW DID THAT WORK OUT FOR YA

    February 12, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. Leif Crick

    They only say it because it's the truth.

    The American people are not as stupid and gullible as the media and the professional cable news spinners think they are-

    Just because you roll your eyes and smirk every time someone points out Bush's economic failures, doesn't make that assertion any less true. And repeating a lie over and over ("The Obama Recession")doesn't make it magically true.

    Maybe 5 or 10 years from now you can blame Obama for the state of the economy, but not one year in to his tenure.

    February 12, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. felicia

    It is bush fault and the repigs need to stop acting like they have amnesia. Yes President Obama is the President now and he's been taking his share of the balme. But the media tryna portray this as the american people is not on President Obama side (WE ARE).

    February 12, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. diridi

    any one who has brains, will blaim Bush...and his thugs. I am unemployed. I think we need to nab who hire illegals, and foreigners without proper documentation....period. Be it Doctors, or Engineers, or any one...ok.....just do not give to any one illegal. Jobs for only US citizens....get our county in north carolina too.....and foreign doctors are hiring foreigners too...nab, and put them into prison....that's it...

    February 12, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. buckeye

    Lay the blame at the military industrial complex which has been draining trillions of dollars out of our economy and national budget for decades. Too bad no one listened to President Eisenhower when he warned us about the dire economic and moral consequences of the military industrial complex. Half century of wars abroad and poverty at home followed.

    February 12, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. Dennis

    Our current economic difficulties are the result of Liberal policies. For example, the housing bubble, which was the major cause of the fiscal crisis, was created by government efforts to increase home ownership.

    It's not surprising that many Americans mistakenly blame President Bush for our current troubles. The Establishment Media (there's nothing mainstream about it), including CNN, continues to reinforce the current Administration's mantra that they inherited a mess that was solely Bush's creation.

    The remedy to all this is drastic decreases in government spending coupled with massive decreases in income and captial gains taxes for all. These tax cuts also need to be permanent. If this is done, the economy would roar back. Instead, Obama seems to be intent on implementing the same heavy handed government policies which have always failed in the past.

    February 12, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. Andy from NYC

    This is unfortunate, since it was during the Clinton administration that the laws regarding banking deregulation were enacted. However, Mr. Bush did have as one of his cornerstones affordable home ownership for those who were least able to afford a home. So there is plenty of blame to go around.

    February 12, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. Lotta Muni

    Why does noone point out that the economy didn't go sour until the Democrats took control of Congress?

    February 12, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  22. db

    Unbelievable. Wake up America!

    February 12, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  23. joe kiloz

    FACT: When Bush left, unemployment was 7.5%
    FACT: Currently, unemployment is 10%

    FACT: Obama approved of, and was co-engineer of the 862 BILLION DOLLAR BAILOUT

    FACT:Obama economic economic czar (soon to be placed on diet by Michelle Obama) Christina Romer says unemployment to stay @ 10% most of this year

    You be the judge of the facts.

    February 12, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  24. buckwheat

    I love these comment sections because if I can get in there first you shut most of them down while I am typing. We know you have access to our ideas even while we are typing or forwarding them to the annointed one.

    February 12, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. MsDp

    That's right, it is W's fault. If only every one would have listen to me during the 2004 voting session, we would not be in this mess. Just think, this fool took 8 years to mess us a country that may never recover because congressional powers prevail over country recovery. Sad, oh so sad!

    February 12, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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