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. Dar

    Of course it's Bush's fault, he couldn't control the Dems who had control of both the houses. Remember Barney Frank telling us that Freddie and Mac were in good shape along with the banking system.
    The Dems were doing what the repub's are doing right now, trying to screw the other party. Only this time they screwed the american people. So remeber who is really at fault and make sure they dont get elected next time.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    February 12, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. FM

    Nothing is worse than messing up in someone's pocket. It is another form of torture (mentally). Repubs and their ringleader "W" will always be remembered for this, especially to those who have no job!

    February 12, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. duckunder

    Looks like most Americans have it right.

    February 12, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. B

    No dispute about it, this is the end result of Americans voting into office one of the most inept people to ever wind up in the White House.

    George Bush

    It also didn’t help to put a Megalomaniac in as Vice President that walked all over the Constitution of this country.

    Dick Cheney

    February 12, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. Ben in Texas

    I can already hear the non sequiturs from the right:

    – Oh yeah? Well, who cares?
    – That's all the loony left does, is blame Bush.
    – Obummie is president now, so it's his fault.
    – Everybody knows Obummie should be impeached.
    – Barney Frank (or Clinton or some other Democrat ) is responsible.

    None of those statements holds water. If you supported Bush and have not yet owned up to his abject culpability for our ruined economy, your are living in fantasy land. Why would anyone take seriously anything your have to say?

    February 12, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. Marie Latting

    Everyone knows the Bush Admiinistration caused the economic failure. They, the rich elite, perfer to blame President O'bama. But we all know they are trying to knock him to the ground with all their lies. And with that said, we will vote for him again.

    President O'bama is trying hard to save America; that is why he won the Nobel peace prize. Something to think about.

    February 12, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. historian

    Bush and his administration may have caused it, but what is important is getting out of this horrible economy. I think the Republicans have slowed the recovery because they want the Obama Administration to fail. Why not limit the term of office for the Senate and House? We need change...change...change.

    February 12, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. Monster Zero

    Yep, it is a given that BO got handed a bag of economic crap but with Nancy and Harry's expert assistance at spending other peoples money they turned it into a mountain of crap.... I think the blame for the economy goes far beyond the current and last Administration, but both have truly doubled down on a catastrophic meltdown. It really got it's start with the Democrats ideology of non-sustainable entitlements to all dating back to the 60's with Lyndon Johnson. Please lord send us a benevolent dictator in 2012 to straighten out this quagmire of social decline and economic mess, without killing us all off that is....

    February 12, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. Reny

    I'm glad Americans show they have some common sense. This mess is all Bush's fault. OBAMA 12!

    February 12, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. Clifford in New York

    The blame Bush game continues! If this poll were true it must have been taken on a Sunday morning when all of the Republican's are at church!

    February 12, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. Ancient Texan

    A New York Times poll blames Bush? Shocking! But then the folks in that poll would hardly blame Bill Clinton, Janet Reno, Barney Franks, Chris Dodd, Franklin Raines and others for the Fannie/Freddie loans to people totally unqualified to buy homes. That debacle was the trigger for the financial disaster. Bush, McCain, and Hagel tried to get some controls put in place. Obama voted against that. The American People knows the truth.

    February 12, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. Kat

    Some people are so full of the big O that they'll never blame anyone but Bush. In their eyes the big O can do no wwrong. They'll wake up when our country hits thee big wall!!! And that shouldn't be too far away. With the big O... we're falling fast.

    February 12, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. andrewstl

    the 7 % who blame obama dont cont they support ruhtard palin and the merry band of tea bagging know nothing toothless minority

    February 12, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. Jane

    What would Obama do if he cound not blame Bush? He is the worst (Obama) is the worst president since Carter. Obama's total lack of experience is now showing through and his Robert Gibbs needs to be fired and quickly.

    February 12, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. Minnie

    Even BHO blames Bush, when is he going to accept the blame that he is responsible for. Can't wait to vote him out.

    February 12, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    Still blaming Bush AND Obama poll numbers are falling – just wait until the public starts hold The One accountable.

    That excuse is going to start getting REALLY thin. And with the public essentially split on future blame, the Obama free ride is SO OVER.

    February 12, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. Jerry

    And the democrats in charge of congress for the last three years were doing what ?

    February 12, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. kyle

    Well its a combination of things, yes some blame is too be placed on Pres. George W Bush, and a little on Pres. Obama. With a situation like this, its hard to blame just one person, Congress has some blame as well. However, in my opinion the bulk of the blame falls on Pres. Clinton. And a lot of people forgot about this, but back in 1998 when Pres. Clinton de-regulated the banking system, thats when it all began to unravel. After the great depression, FDR put considerable strain on the banks, and rightfully so, implementing regulation so it would never happen again. And it didnt until the bubble finally bust in 01/02. He also thew considerable amounts of money at the economy to jump start it. To an extent it worked, but WWII eventually bailed us out.

    February 12, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. shoegazer

    "More Americans blame the Bush administration for the nation's economic troubles than the Obama administration"......and so they should.

    February 12, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. Frodo

    Bush lit the fire and threw a few dozen gallons of gas on it.
    Obama added a few dozen more gallons of gas to the fire.

    Who should be blamed!?
    I blame both of them.

    February 12, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  21. MatthewDetroit

    Read the Newspapers boys and girls.... Barack is lousy....

    February 12, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. Mike in MN

    And a majority of voters are not happy with the steps Obama has taken so far to fix the economy.

    February 12, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  23. Betty

    Gee whiz, I am not saying Bush was the perfect President, but, he did keep us safe in our beds during the time after 9/11 until he left office. Now for Obama, he just needs to grown up and take some blame. He was the one who lied over and over to the American people, but, no he does not see that, to me that is the mentality of a born liar. I see now where the American people who voted for him realize they did not know this Chicago corrupted evil black man, and now we are all trying to get this country back in good standing with our country and so many other countries that now see how a black man has spun so many lies. I pray to God that he can put his lies aside and do the right thing for our young men and women in the military. One thing for sure, Obama does not have the knowledge to be our leader. My nightly prayers are for good things to come out in the midterm election.

    February 12, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. Slave labor toyotas are great,hahaha

    I will never stop telling you who it was that sank the titantic.The captain that sank it wont change,just the crew that saves some of the survivors.The republicans just want you to forget ,but its not ever going to happen.I laugh at them everyday for trying though.hahaha.Should we also forget it was Bin Laden that attacked us on their watch?

    February 12, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  25. charlotte

    And Bush should be rightly blamed. Obama has made progress but it takes more than one year to undo the terrible decisions that were made over eight years of having a Redumbican stumbling and drooling through the halls of the Whitehouse.

    February 12, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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