Rasmussen: 48% Blame Bush for Bad Economy, 43% Blame Obama

The number of voters who blame the Bush administration for the nation’s current economic problems has reached its lowest level measured to date. Trust in President Obama’s economic judgment has hit a new low as well.

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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