By 48% to 38% margin, independent voters blame Obama for economy

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters finds that 48% say the current economic problems are due to the recession which began under the Bush administration. This finding is down five points from late April and compares to 62% in May of last year.

Forty-three percent (43%) now say the nation’s economic problems are being caused by the policies Obama has put in place since taking office. That’s up four points from a month ago and is the second highest level of blame for the president in a year of surveying. Last October, 45% blamed his policies.
Perhaps it’s no surprise that a solid majority of Republicans blame Obama’s policies, while most Democrats blame the recession that began under the Bush administration. By a 48% to 38% margin, however, voters not affiliated with either major party blame the policies of the current president for the nation’s continuing economic woes.

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