President Obama’s first term has coincided with the longest period of sustained economic misery in decades, but for the better part of four years, the president has always had one line to fall back on: It’s Bush’s fault, not mine. And for most of that time, the voters have seemed to agree.This may be changing. A new poll at The Hill asked voters who is most to blame for the economy, and the voters said the buck stops at the White House:
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.
Among major polls, these findings are a first. And the news gets worse for the president: the poll found that more than half of respondents believe that Obama has taken the wrong steps to turn the economy around, a poor sign for public trust in his economic stewardship.The implications of these results for the upcoming election are obvious. Current polls still show Obama ahead of Romney by a decent margin, although the president doubtless wishes it were higher. But if the economy continues to stagnate or get worse—as many think it might—the drapes in the Oval Office may be in for another change come next January.