• George W. Bush Still Blamed for Bad Economy Three Years Later

    Republicans in congress who have spent the past three years cockblocking all efforts from the Obama administration to stimulate the economy seem to be counting on voters' poor reasoning skills and hoping that they'll just blame all the economic problems on Obama.

    Unfortunately for them, they may be under-estimating just how poor those poor reasoning skills can be

    Americans continue to place more blame for the nation's economic problems on George W. Bush than on Barack Obama, even though Bush left office more than three years ago. The relative economic blame given to Bush versus Obama today is virtually the same as it was last September.

    Gallup first asked this "blame assessment" question in July 2009, six months after Obama became president. At that point, 80% of Americans gave Bush a great deal or a moderate amount of blame, compared with 32% who ascribed the same level of blame for the bad economy to Obama. The percentage blaming Bush dropped to about 70% in August 2010, and has stayed roughly in that range since. Meanwhile, about half of Americans have blamed Obama since March 2010, with little substantive change from then to the present.

    On the bright said, Barack Obama will be out of office before you know it, and then we can start blaming him for everything in earnest.

    It's the cycle of life, and it's breathtaking.

    Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Barack Obama, Economy, George W. Bush, Polls


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