Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Voters continue to blame the George W. Bush administration more than President Obama's policies for the country's ongoing economic problems.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters say the current economic problems are due to the recession which began under the Bush administration. Forty-one percent (41%) believe the current policies of President Obama are more to blame. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Aside from late July, when voters were evenly divided over who to blame, a majority has blamed the Bush administration for the poor economy since regular surveying began on the question in May 2009.
Perhaps not surprisingly, 79% of Republicans blame Obama’s policies for the current economic problems, while 84% of Democrats blame Bush. Among voters not affiliated with either major political party, 48% blame Bush, 40% Obama.
Ninety-one percent (91%) of those in the Political Class point the finger at the Bush administration, while 60% of Mainstream voters think Obama's policies are to blame.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted November 28, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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