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July 23, 2012

Poll: Voters Say Bush Obama Is To Blame For Economy

If this poll is right, it's Panic Time At The Obama Disco.

Two-thirds of likely voters say the weak economy is Washington’s fault, and more blame President Obama than anybody else, according to a new poll for The Hill.

It found that 66 percent believe paltry job growth and slow economic recovery is the result of bad policy. Thirty-four percent say Obama is the most to blame, followed by 23 percent who say Congress is the culprit. Twenty percent point the finger at Wall Street, and 18 percent cite former President George W. Bush.

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Obama’s campaign, under the slogan “Forward,” has sought to steer voter attention less toward current and past economic performance and more toward questions about Republican Mitt Romney’s work in the private sector economy. It has launched attacks on the challenger’s role as head of the private equity firm Bain Capital, casting him as a jobs “outsourcer” whose firm shipped thousands of U.S. positions overseas.

The Hill Poll, however, shows the extent to which voters hold Obama responsible for the economy and reveals his vulnerability should the election become primarily a referendum on his economic management.

Obama, for obvious reasons, wants the election to be a choice between him and Romney, not a referendum on his administrations record to date. Clearly that's not happening.

Of course, if it comes to a choice election, Romney is likely ok with that too.

By more than 2-1, 63%-29%, those surveyed say Romney's background in business, including his tenure at the private equity firm Bain Capital, would cause him to make good decisions, not bad ones, in dealing with the nation's economic problems over the next four years.

The findings raise questions about Obama's strategy of targeting Bain's record in outsourcing jobs and hammering Romney for refusing to commit to releasing more than two years of his tax returns. Instead, Americans seem focused on the economy, where disappointment with the fragile recovery and the 8.2% unemployment rate are costing the president.

This is getting ugly for Obama in a hurry (and beautiful for Romney). Of course, it's just the end of July, so no celebrating yet.

Related: If you're interested in keeping track of the electoral college race...there's an ap for that!


It's something my business partner put together and it allows you to make your predictions for the race and post them to faceebook and Twitter. You can make multiple predictions as the race changes and the country becomes a sea of red.

You can get the Android version here. iPhone and iPad versions are coming soon.

Just for the record, I cleared promoting this here with Ace and a part of each sale will go to Mr. Ewok (full disclosure: he said he didn't want that but I'm insisting).

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