Poll: Bush still blamed for bad economy

June 14, 2012 at 10:40 AM
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PRINCETON, N.J., June 14 (UPI) -- Americans still blame the country's economic ills more on former President George W. Bush than on President Obama, a Gallup poll released Thursday indicated.

Sixty-eight percent of Americans still blame the Bush White House while 52 percent said Obama was at fault, results indicated.

The relative economic blame ascribed to Bush over Obama in the latest poll is virtually the same as it was in September, the Princeton, N.J., polling agency said.

Gallup first began assessing blame in July 2009, six months after Obama became president. Then, 80 percent of Americans indicated they gave Bush a great deal or a moderate amount of blame for the bad economy compared with 32 percent who ascribed the same level of blame to Obama.

Results are based on nationwide telephone interviews with 1,004 adults conducted June 7-10. The margin of error is 4 percentage points.

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