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Bush still to blame for bad economy, poll says

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While voters are questioning how President Obama is handling the economy, most still blame his predecessor for the problems the nation faces, a new poll says.

Results of a Rasmussen Reports survey released Wednesday shows that 52 percent of likely voters say the nation’s current economic problems are due to the recession which began under the administration of President George W. Bush, a number unchanged from a similar poll taken a month ago. Forty-one percent disagree and say Mr. Obama’s policies are more to blame.

Aside from early June, when voters were almost evenly divided on this question, a majority of survey respondents have blamed the Bush administration for the recession since Rasmussen began regularly tracking the question in late May 2009.

But 61 percent of voters say they trust their own judgment more than Mr. Obama’s when it comes to the economic issues affecting the nation. Just 24 percent trust the president more, while 16 percent aren’t sure. These findings also have shown little change since mid-June 2009.

 

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