Who’s To Blame? 40% Still Blame George W. Bush For Economic Conditions

August 22, 2011, 5:00 PM GMT+0

Although this week’s Economist/YouGov Poll finds Americans giving President Obama more and more of the responsibility for the current poor state of the economy, many still blame his predecessor, President George W. Bush, when it comes to the economy -and the present size of the federal budget deficit.

In this week’s poll, 40% give President Bush more of the blame for today’s economy; 34% give more of the blame to President Obama. More blame the current incumbent today than did so last October, however..

The answers to this question are clearly partisan, with Republicans overwhelmingly blaming President Obama and Democrats President Bush.

Responsibility is even more evenly shared when it comes to the state of the federal budget deficit, with 39% giving the responsibility to President Bush, and 36% to President Obama.

Even though President Obama has been suffering in the polls lately, he is still better liked than his immediate predecessor. 41% hold a favorable opinion of the current President; 32% think positively about George W. Bush.

Economist/YouGov poll archives can found here.

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