CNN poll: Blame for economy shifting to Democrats

posted at 10:55 am on November 20, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Ten months to the day after Barack Obama took office and three years since Democrats won control of both chambers of Congress, the American public has begun to get the impression that Democrats are responsible for the economic mess that continues to unfold.  A new CNN poll shows that those blaming Republicans has dropped fifteen points in the last six months, while those blaming Democrats have risen 21 points in the same period (via Yid with Lid):

Nearly two years into the recession, opinion about which political party is responsible for the severe economic downturn is shifting, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday morning indicates that 38 percent of the public blames Republicans for the country’s current economic problems. That’s down 15 points from May, when 53 percent blamed the GOP. According to the poll 27 percent now blame the Democrats for the recession, up 6 points from May. Twenty-seven percent now say both parties are responsible for the economic mess.

“The bad news for the Democrats is that the number of Americans who hold the GOP exclusively responsible for the recession has been steadily falling by about two to three points per month,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “At that rate, only a handful of voters will blame the economy on the Republicans by the time next year’s midterm elections roll around.”

There may be even more reason to worry in this poll.  Obama has tried to sell the idea that the economy is improving, bolstered by a third-quarter GDP number mainly driven by temporary government incentives — Cash for Clunkers and a homebuyer tax credit.  Tim Geithner told Congress that “by any measure” the economy is improving, despite the one big measure of unemployment rising faster than any time in the last six months.  The poll shows that responders claiming that the economy is getting worse rose three points since August, suggesting that Obama’s credibility is waning:

“Some economic indicators may suggest that the economy has turned the corner – but try telling that to the American people,” adds Holland. The number of Americans who say that the economy is in good shape – a number that grew steadily through the spring and summer – has now stalled, with fewer than one in five expressing a positive view of current conditions. More than eight in 10 say that economic conditions are in poor shape, with 43 percent calling them very poor.

CNN did not include sample data in this partial release from their poll, so the partisan split of the sample cannot be determined. Interestingly, they didn’t produce any subsample data on independents. The big story amongst pollsters is the flight of independents, which makes CNN’s survey or reporting decision a little mysterious.

The evolving polling on this shows the big danger for Democrats as they push big-spending agenda items through Congress.  They could do that as long as they didn’t have to worry about getting blamed for a stalled economy.  The undiminished upward trajectory in unemployment has made that impossible.  Democrats got what they wanted in the $787 billion Porkulus plan after shutting Republicans out of the picture, and they now own the results.

If unemployment continues to rise, and if the administration continues to offer fraudulent numbers from its Porkulus project, Democrats will completely own this recession and the unemployment it causes by the time the midterms arrive.


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Wasn’t it the Dems who successfully used the “It’s the economy, stupid” phrase? As usual, they want to have it both ways and think that it doesn’t apply to them.

The arrogance of the bleeders is truly staggering. Without the Stimulus/Fail and the Health Care/Fail they may have had a shot at hanging on to power. As it is, they will all be swept away in the next elections and end up being considered silly by historians.

yubley on November 20, 2009 at 11:55 AM

My point is that “purging” can result in some unintended consequences. That’s all.
AnninCA on November 20, 2009 at 11:49 AM

There are some good people in the congress – Virginia Foxx comes to mind.

Juno77 on November 20, 2009 at 11:56 AM

AnninCA on November 20, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Clinton was never a fiscal conservative, until after the Republicans took over the House and Senate.

MarkTheGreat on November 20, 2009 at 11:56 AM

My point is that “purging” can result in some unintended consequences. That’s all.

AnninCA on November 20, 2009 at 11:49 AM
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While this is true, you don’t do your point any favors by walking back your argument like this.

The old saw is true – power corrupts. This is why the founders envisioned Congress as a part-time affair – so it would not be a dynastic thing passed down – there wouldn’t be enough money in it for that.

Really want to fix D.C.? Take away their ability to make a buck at it, and give enforcement to someone they actually fear. I nominate the IRS.

Mew

acat on November 20, 2009 at 11:57 AM

MarkTheGreat on November 20, 2009 at 11:56 AM
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Clinton wasn’t a FiCon even then – he was just smart enough to play the cards he had.

Mew

acat on November 20, 2009 at 11:57 AM

The 0bama gambit of rushing everything through Right Now Because It’s An Emergency has gone just about as far as it can. The challenge for fiscal conservatives is twofold – first, tolerate (and educate) the social conservatives so we’re all on the same page, and second force the Dems to allow rollbacks of these high-cost programs.

acat on November 20, 2009 at 11:48 AM

See? That’s the essential failure of Socialism in concept and practice.

They “overwhelm” (overthrow, destroy) existing goodness (things that function productively, like individuals who individually profit and own, and right to private property, and private industry, small businesses which represent many of those individuals profitting and owning and also providing opportunities for others, etc.) rather than consider or even tolerate, in my experience, the improvement on a Capitalist level, any one problematic area.

There is NO reason for us/the US to replace our entire “health care industry” and abandon Capitalism just to satisfy the “needs” of the “uninsured.”

We should approach the uninsured and other individual needs from a Capitalist solutions approach, individually: allow portability for individual insurance policies, address issue of pre-existing conditions as to insurability (within reason — no insurer “owes” anyone a policy, it’s a risk-basis business and the public should be educated about that)…

Most importantly, stop the lawsuits so practitioners can more reasonably return to the practice of medicine. Allow fee-for-service when provider-patient agree, etc.

By the way 45% of the “uninsured” who the current Democrats are screaming about ARE ILLEGAL ALIENS.

I’ve got a chart from the Census Bureau…

Lourdes on November 20, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Was over at Politico earlier and the comments on that liberal site should have Dems running scared. It was all about Jobs should be the focus NOT Healthcare. When you’ve lost the liberal commenters over at Politico, (or at least they are refraining from commenting) you are in trouble.

txmomof6 on November 20, 2009 at 12:01 PM

There are some good people in the congress – Virginia Foxx comes to mind.

Juno77 on November 20, 2009 at 11:56 AM

Collateral damage for the good of the cause.

highhopes on November 20, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Constant Parrhesia on November 20, 2009 at 11:37 AM

Please enlighten us. In which area’s is the USA SUCCEEDING NOW???

PappaMac on November 20, 2009 at 12:02 PM

By the way 45% of the “uninsured” who the current Democrats are screaming about ARE ILLEGAL ALIENS.

I’ve got a chart from the Census Bureau…

Lourdes on November 20, 2009 at 12:00 PM

…and like all (inherently sneaky, meaning, covert in practice) Socialists, the Democrats conceal this fact BECAUSE it’s a gateway method (to get these “insured” by way of replacing our entire US “healthcare” system — medicine practice and delivery and insurance industries) to push forth yet another Socialism advance, amnesty and other denigrations of national sovereignity.

The Democrats are not being straightforward with this entire “healthcare” scare and attempt at current legislation and especially not, Obama. He’s “pushing and prodding” so he says, because the legislation in this regard is a gateway method for him and his to accomplish something fare more awful.

Lourdes on November 20, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Castro loves Obama. More Americans should ask why.

Lourdes on November 20, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Lourdes on November 20, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Questions are a Prison Comrade. Our lies will Set you Free.

/MSM

Holger on November 20, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Nobody has forgotten that Bush forgot to fund the wars.

AnninCA on November 20, 2009 at 11:02 AM

CONGRESS writes the checks, and decides all matters of national expenditures. No President, contrary to the Obama Fevah infested, has “a stash” from whence they dole out dollahs for wars.

Lourdes on November 20, 2009 at 12:06 PM

It’s not Sarah’s legs. *haha

AnninCA on November 20, 2009 at 11:12 AM

As usual, the Left’s entire focus is on vanity.

Sarah Palin DOES have nice legs, she also has a nice face but most of all, she has great character and excellent ideas and beliefs. The latter is why people admire and enjoy her, among those of us who aren’t petty enough to denigrate another woman’s pretty “legs”

Lourdes on November 20, 2009 at 12:09 PM

Was over at Politico earlier and the comments on that liberal site should have Dems running scared. It was all about Jobs should be the focus NOT Healthcare.

txmomof6 on November 20, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Well, the liberal Dems are right in this case. The only problem is that the Dems have engineered it so there are no jobs and healthcare was supposed to be a done deal by now. I gotta wonder what is going to happen to the amnesty agenda that was supposed to be the centerpiece of the January session and kick-off to the 2010 elections. For that matter what about cap & trade? Besides wreaking havoc on America are there any accomplishments from the filthy lying coward in the White House and his corrupt party?

highhopes on November 20, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Message to elected Dumbocrats: The economy doesn’t look too rosy when you don’t have a f***ing job.

LibTired on November 20, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Neither does a globetrotting President who spends more time looking at himself in the mirror than he spends doing his job.

rockmom on November 20, 2009 at 11:10 AM

I think Obama defines the job as looking at himself in the mirror…

Lourdes on November 20, 2009 at 12:12 PM

with the Tsars, no?

acat on November 20, 2009 at 11:34 AM

None of Obama’s Czars have respectable ideas or goals.

That means, they’re a problem besetting our nation.

Lourdes on November 20, 2009 at 12:14 PM

I agree that both parties were responsible, but the Democrats, with their insistence at spending money we don’t have, and pushing legislation that we cannot afford down our throats, are making a bad situation, much, much worse.

So now….after a year….they definitely own this mess. God help those, who will have to clean it up.

What’s really galling is, in spite of all of this, they still continue to press on with the health crap plans.

capejasmine on November 20, 2009 at 12:22 PM

Besides wreaking havoc on America are there any accomplishments from the filthy lying coward in the White House and his corrupt party?

highhopes on November 20, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Does scaring the crap out of New Yorkers with an Air Force One fly-by count? No?

How about date night?

BPD on November 20, 2009 at 12:26 PM

As usual, the Left’s entire focus is on vanity.

Sarah Palin DOES have nice legs, she also has a nice face but most of all, she has great character and excellent ideas and beliefs. The latter is why people admire and enjoy her, among those of us who aren’t petty enough to denigrate another woman’s pretty “legs”

Lourdes on November 20, 2009 at 12:09 PM

It was a joke.

AnninCA on November 20, 2009 at 12:27 PM

CNN did not include sample data in this partial release from their poll, so the partisan split of the sample cannot be determined.

LOL, they never disclose their polling sample.

Del Dolemonte on November 20, 2009 at 12:28 PM

Clinton was never a fiscal conservative, until after the Republicans took over the House and Senate.

MarkTheGreat on November 20, 2009 at 11:56 AM

He was always a fiscal conservative, even as governor. He was my governor, so I’m familiar with his governing style. Most GOP who worked with him as President agree, too, with me on that one.

AnninCA on November 20, 2009 at 12:29 PM

BWAHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHa….stop it, you’re killing me…even CNN can’t spin it with one of their Animal House/Kevin Bacon moments…”Remain calm , all is well” where they explain how the rate of INCREASE in new unemployment clains has dropped and that’s GOOD NEWS…

The US economy has become the Exxon Valdez and Jobama Hazelwood is at the helm, how bad could it get? /sarc off

PatriotPete on November 20, 2009 at 12:31 PM

GOPers cheering for the failure of America? What else is new?

Constant Parrhesia on November 20, 2009 at 11:37 AM

That’s kind of a dumb statement.

No one is cheering for the failure of America, but your statement does at least concede that things are failing, right? If that’s true, then isn’t it a good thing that people are starting to get past rhetorical flourishes and start probing into the failings of the people (adults, I’m told) currently in charge?

I’m not real excited that unemployment is on the rise, my job situation is increasingly potentially tenous, and bills are getting harder and harder to pay…just in time for Christmas, no less! There’s not much revelry there from me, but I am encouraged to see that people, by and large, are leaving the Obama ship and seeing this administration as the fraud it is.

I can’t remember who originated the quote, but there’s a good one that goes something like this: When heading in the wrong direction, the first step to progress is to to take a step back. I, for one, am glad to see people taking a couple of steps back from the Obama-hype to reassess some of the lofty promises that were made and weigh them against the outcomes.

We’ve got a long road ahead of us, but I consider this good news.

BlueCollarAstronaut on November 20, 2009 at 12:33 PM

GOPers cheering for the failure of America? What else is new?

Constant Diarrhea on November 20, 2009 at 11:37 AM

“General Betray-Us” = moveon.org

“This war is Lost” =Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry
Reid

“Willing suspension of disbelief” =Democrat Hillary Rodham

Soros isn’t getting his money’s worth from you, kid. Drink a 6-pack of Kaopectate and try again.

Del Dolemonte on November 20, 2009 at 12:37 PM

He was my governor, so I’m familiar with his governing style.

AnninCA on November 20, 2009 at 12:29 PM

That explains a lot. Did you approve of his governing style when he sold all that tainted blood?

Del Dolemonte on November 20, 2009 at 12:41 PM

***
It’s still all the EVIL BOOOSH’S fault. And Big Oil’s fault. Even when the big tax hikes and continued high unemployment continues to ravage our economy.
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How about some new AMERICAN PRAVDA “news” stories about Comrade Obama’s (PBUH) dog training to cheer up the serfs?
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John Bibb
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rocketman on November 20, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Wasn’t it the Dems who successfully used the “It’s the economy, stupid” phrase?

yubley on November 20, 2009 at 11:55 AM

That took place back in 1992, and the history of that episode should be required reading for any students of propaganda disguised as “journalism”.

To begin with, according to the Fed, the economic recovery began in March of 1991. For you Democrats here, that’s 18 months before the 1992 election.

The media failed to report it in orfer to defeat Pappy Bush, and Clinton ran on “it’s the economy, stupid”.

BTW, the NY Times finally got around to “reporting” that the recovery had, in fact, started in March of 1991.

They did so in 1999.

Del Dolemonte on November 20, 2009 at 12:52 PM

What is the problem here? It takes how long for them to smell the coffee?

nor on November 20, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Tim Geithner told Congress that “by any measure” the economy is improving

The entire Bozo regime clown posse is lying and its not just unemployment that puts a spotlight on their disgusting repulsive lies.

Gas prices are climbing as is the price of home heating oil. (crap and tax stalled to next year)

Forclosurers have been at record highs for three plus months.

Impending foreclosures are increasing.

Retail sales have plummeted for the last three months.

Sales of durable goods have fallen causing mass layoffs (from the BLS.gov website)

And have you seen the increases in the cost of food lately?

And the AP reports that in a little over a month over a million more people will exhaust their unemployment benefits.

But Bozo and his clown troupe, riding around in their little red fire engine keep saying the economy is improving.

dogsoldier on November 20, 2009 at 1:08 PM

DEMOCRATS are FILTH 3.0

leftnomore on November 20, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Ten months to the day after Barack Obama took office and three years since Democrats won control of both chambers of Congress,

Republicans NEED to start hammering on that point. Many people still think that Republicans controlled congress before the 2008 elections.

About time for some “are you better off than you were three years ago” ads pointing out that when Republicans lost control to Democrats the economy was still growing and continued growing until Democrats had been in control for 12 months, and that the financial crisis didnt hit until Democrats had been in control for 2 years.

Anyone want to help me make the ads? Contact me through my site.

American Elephant on November 20, 2009 at 6:17 PM

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