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Most Voters Still Blame Bush Recession for Bad Economy

Most voters still blame the nation's economic problems on the George W. Bush years, but they also continue to trust their own economic judgment more than that of President Obama.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters say the nation’s current economic problems are due to the recession which began under the Bush administration.  Thirty-nine percent (39%), however, believe Obama's policies are to blame.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

In surveys since May 2009, 47% to 62% of voters have blamed the nation's economic woes on the recession that began under Bush. In those same surveys, 27% to 48% have blamed the policies of the current president.

Consistent with past findings, 86% of Democrats blame the recession which began under the Bush administration, while 73% of Republicans blame Obama’s policies.  Among voters not affiliated with either political party, 52% say the problems started under Bush, while 32% point their finger at Obama.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 15-16, 2011 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. 

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