Poll: Nearly five years into Obama’s presidency, most Americans still blame Bush for economic problems

posted at 3:21 pm on December 19, 2013 by Allahpundit

John Sexton flagged this tidbit from WaPo’s new poll two days ago, then WaPo itself paid some attention to it today. I’ve written about this phenomenon more than once before myself. Simple question: When, oh when, will public sentiment shift to the point where Obama owns the economy?

Increasingly, it seems like never.

Nearly five years after George W. Bush left office, half the public still blames the former president for the nation’s economic woes, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll released this week. The survey comes as Republicans have continued to keep the 43rd president at arm’s length…

Fifty percent of Americans say Bush is more responsible for the country’s current economic problems than President Obama, the Post-ABC poll shows. Just 38 percent hold Obama more responsible. Seven percent assign equal blame.

In nearly two years of of Post-ABC surveys, opinions have barely budged.

“Barely budged” is right. Here’s what the trends on Bush’s culpability among Democrats, Republicans, and independents look like in WaPo polls since the beginning of 2012:

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Democratic and Republican numbers have hardly moved in nearly two years. Independents have dipped a bit, from 57 percent in January 2012 to 48 percent now, but that’s still 10 points higher than the number of indies who blame Obama for the country’s economic problems. Static polling on this subject isn’t unique to WaPo, either. Here are two data sets from Gallup and Quinnipiac, respectively, that I flagged last year in another post marveling at how little volatility there was on the blame question:


I used to think the stasis was a function of partisanship hardening during an election year and that, if O got reelected, his culpability for the economy would start to climb this year. Nope. I also thought that Bush would fare better with younger adults since the youngest of them might not remember his presidency as well and would be inclined to blame O by default. Big nope there too:

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Older voters are more likely to blame Obama. The 40-64 demographic says Bush deserves more culpability, but by only a 48/40 spread, and the 65+ crowd actually puts O ahead of Bush, 46/43. That’s in line with younger voters skewing more left and older voters skewing more right. Here, as in so much else, partisan perceptions color a lot.

But it’s not just partisanship or else indies would be more evenly split than they are. There are two factors locking the numbers in, I think. One, obviously, is that the financial crisis happened on Bush’s watch and the country has yet to enjoy a stretch of sustained prosperity since. You can argue that we would have had that stretch if not for the genius of Obamanomics and hiring chaos created by ObamaCare’s employer mandate, but that’s not how the average person sees it, I suspect. They see it more as Bush having let the country fall into a hole so deep that we’ve yet to dig our way out. That’s why even independents, who lean right on so many other issues, are closer to the Democratic view here. Two: O’s got the bully pulpit on this. Whatever you think of Democratic mumbling about income inequality and minimum-wage hikes (which are hugely popular with voters), those are vivid, relatively easily grasped concepts that people can apply to economic problems and Obama hasn’t been shy about touting them lately. The GOP has no similarly accessible narrative, just overregulation and “uncertainty.” If you’re an undecided with no strong political leanings who’s having a tough go in the economy, which magic-bullet explanation would appeal more to you?

Exit question: What’ll these numbers look like in 2016? Gulp.


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It seems that lots of folks here just don’t like that Americans largely hold Bush (and his admin) accountable for the economic collapse that happened during his presidency (and not exactly early in it).
They don’t like it one bit.
Oh well.

verbaluce on December 19, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Don’t forget, Clinton can be blamed for not having the guts to prevent 9/11. He had Bin Laden but was afraid to kill him cause a few innocent Afghan women and children might be harmed. Instead we got 3000 innocent Americans dead. Of course liberals will always see that as a great trade off.

The Notorious G.O.P on December 19, 2013 at 4:59 PM

The post-9/11 Democrat hijacking of the 9/11 “Commission” (putting a Clinton Administration DOJ official who should have been questioned under oath on the Panel itself, solely so she would never have to testify under oath) proves your point, as does the Democrat censorship of the TV film “The Road to 9/11″, led by yet another Clinton kneepad who (surprise!) was also a member of the 9/11 “Commission”, Richard Ben-Veniste.

Del Dolemonte on December 19, 2013 at 5:11 PM

It seems that lots of folks here just don’t like that cherry-picked Low-Information Americans largely hold Bush (and his admin) accountable for the economic collapse that happened during his presidency (and not exactly early in it).

They don’t like it one bit.

Oh well.

verbaloon on December 19, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Edited for accuracy.

Del Dolemonte on December 19, 2013 at 5:14 PM

I blame Bush for the economic problems he had a part in. It was Obama that took the National Debt into the Trillions of dollars territory.

The Nerve on December 19, 2013 at 5:15 PM

That’s ok I still blame FDR and LBJ for the mess now.

jaywemm on December 19, 2013 at 5:15 PM

That’s ok I still blame FDR and LBJ for the mess now.

jaywemm on December 19, 2013 at 5:15 PM

I also blame Hoover for screwing up what Coolidge had going and allowing for FDR to get his foot in the door.

LoganSix on December 19, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Culpability = Gullibility?

Fallon on December 19, 2013 at 5:20 PM

we still blame the GOP for FDR’s depression
at least more people blame O after 5 years
and as his second term grinds on and his popularity sinks people will hopefully start to connect the dots
plus Bush isn’t running in ’16

breffnian on December 19, 2013 at 5:21 PM

100+ comments ?
Excuse me I need to look for my navel .

Lucano on December 19, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Figure 33% are hard-core Obots. That leaves about 17% who are stuck on stupid.

GarandFan on December 19, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Stop doing your polling in the counties surrounding Washington DC and outside the BeltWay you’ll find there is a different world.

mixplix on December 19, 2013 at 5:26 PM

It seems that lots of folks here just don’t like that Americans largely hold Bush (and his admin) accountable for the economic collapse that happened during his presidency (and not exactly early in it).
They don’t like it one bit.
Oh well.

verbaluce on December 19, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Bush gets credit for not reigning in federal spending.

Barney Frank, Bill Clinton and the CRA get credit for the housing bubble.

Hussein gets credit for failing to turn the economy around and keeping us in a state of stagnation.

antipc on December 19, 2013 at 5:34 PM

It seems that lots of folks here just don’t like that Americans largely hold Bush (and his admin) accountable for the economic collapse that happened during his presidency (and not exactly early in it).
They don’t like it one bit.
Oh well.

verbaluce on December 19, 2013 at 5:05 PM

I realize it’s hard for someone like you to understand, since you’re all about partisanship rather than facts.

But those of us who actually try to understand the world around us pick up on little details like the fact that Bush hasn’t been president for 5 years now, or the little detail that the economy didn’t go bad under Bush until the Democrats took control of Congress.

But this tendency to blame the economy only on the president is in fact simplistic. Economic policy is set more by the Congress than by the President. What is often called the “Clinton economy,” for example, featured conservative Republican control of both houses of Congress for six of those eight years.

The dot-com bust and 9/11 both hit during the Bush administration with Republican control of the House and a basically even split in the Senate. But the Bush tax cuts overcame that double-whammy, and the economy kept improving until … the Democrats took control of Congress.

It’s not hard to understand why the Democrats hurt the economy. The first thing they did was to pass minimum wage hikes, which immediately started costing jobs and depressing the economy. The second thing they did was to start hiking spending for all they were worth. They ran into resistance from the Bush White House for their spending hikes for the first of those two years, which was the 7th year of the Bush administration. So for the second of those years, the last year of the Bush administration, they simply refused to pass a budget at all, so Bush wouldn’t be able to threaten a veto.

Really, the last two years of the Bush administration and the first two years of the Obama administration both featured Democratic control of both houses of Congress. And from that perspective, the economy went sour when the Democrats took control of Congress.

In 2010, the Republicans took control of the House, but the Democrats kept control of the Senate and the Presidency. This led to the current standoff, which means nothing gets done, which leaves the policies of the Democrats during that 4-year period in place. That’s why the economy is finally not getting worse, but not really getting much better.

Now, your comment was short and pithy because you’re not burdened with all those pesky facts or noting relationships. But then, your comment amounted to “Nyah, nyah, you just can’t stand criticism of Bush.” So it was worth even less than the few sentences you posted.

Oh, well.

There Goes the Neighborhood on December 19, 2013 at 5:37 PM

I blame Bush for the utterly disastrous Sarbannes-Oaxley hyper-regulation which has strangled the IPO market and the economy, so the majority is partially right in this case.

thuja on December 19, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Yes, more evidence that America is no longer a center-right country. If Romney had been more critical of Obama he would have done worse.

Basilsbest on December 19, 2013 at 5:56 PM

It seems that lots of folks here just don’t like that Americans largely hold Bush (and his admin) accountable for the economic collapse that happened during his presidency (and not exactly early in it).
They don’t like it one bit.
Oh well.

verbaluce on December 19, 2013 at 5:05 PM

I realize it’s hard for someone like you to understand, since you’re all about partisanship rather than facts.

But those of us who actually try to understand the world around us pick up on little details like the fact that Bush hasn’t been president for 5 years now, or the little detail that the economy didn’t go bad under Bush until the Democrats took control of Congress.

But this tendency to blame the economy only on the president is in fact simplistic. Economic policy is set more by the Congress than by the President. What is often called the “Clinton economy,” for example, featured conservative Republican control of both houses of Congress for six of those eight years.

The dot-com bust and 9/11 both hit during the Bush administration with Republican control of the House and a basically even split in the Senate. But the Bush tax cuts overcame that double-whammy, and the economy kept improving until … the Democrats took control of Congress.

It’s not hard to understand why the Democrats hurt the economy. The first thing they did was to pass minimum wage hikes, which immediately started costing jobs and depressing the economy. The second thing they did was to start hiking spending for all they were worth. They ran into resistance from the Bush White House for their spending hikes for the first of those two years, which was the 7th year of the Bush administration. So for the second of those years, the last year of the Bush administration, they simply refused to pass a budget at all, so Bush wouldn’t be able to threaten a veto.

Really, the last two years of the Bush administration and the first two years of the Obama administration both featured Democratic control of both houses of Congress. And from that perspective, the economy went sour when the Democrats took control of Congress.

In 2010, the Republicans took control of the House, but the Democrats kept control of the Senate and the Presidency. This led to the current standoff, which means nothing gets done, which leaves the policies of the Democrats during that 4-year period in place. That’s why the economy is finally not getting worse, but not really getting much better.

Now, your comment was short and pithy because you’re not burdened with all those pesky facts or noting relationships. But then, your comment amounted to “Nyah, nyah, you just can’t stand criticism of Bush.” So it was worth even less than the few sentences you posted.

Oh, well.

There Goes the Neighborhood on December 19, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Also, there is the major fact that the economic crisis was caused by regulations started by the Carter Administration, and disastrously strengthened by Clinton Administration, and maintained by threat of filibuster in the Senate by the Democrats during the George W administration, in the face of Republican attempts to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2003 and 2005.

thuja on December 19, 2013 at 6:07 PM

I blame Bush for the utterly disastrous Sarbannes-Oaxley hyper-regulation which has strangled the IPO market and the economy, so the majority is partially right in this case.

thuja on December 19, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Bush didn’t pass S-O, Congress did.

Senate: 99-0-1

House: 423-3-9

Seems to me that they deserve more blame than Bush.

Del Dolemonte on December 19, 2013 at 6:08 PM

http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/harvard-university-students-can-t-name-canada-s-capital-1.1550441

Hey that’s what 58k per year gets you.

WryTrvllr on December 19, 2013 at 6:10 PM

I blame Bush for the utterly disastrous Sarbannes-Oaxley hyper-regulation which has strangled the IPO market and the economy, so the majority is partially right in this case.
thuja on December 19, 2013 at 5:49 PM

But… but… BUSH!! DEREGULATION!!

Yeah, most people’s world views are not compatible w/ Sarbanes-Oxley.

Ask anyone that thinks Bush caused the recession how he did it, and deregulation is the only answer your likely to get. :(

blockchords on December 19, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Five years into the Obama abomination most Americans don’t know what the economy is.

Murphy9 on December 19, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Would President Gore have wasted trillions and blood on Iraq?

nonpartisan on December 19, 2013 at 4:07 PM

I didn’t read the whole thread, did anyone cream the sock on this?

The classic number is that the Iraq War cost $1 Trillion over Ten Years. That’s why the commies wanted the CBO to score the ACA under a trill – so that it’d be cheaper than the war in Iraq.

Also, might Algore have spent a similar amount of money on green boondoggles?

Yes, I suspect he might.

Why are all the trolls/socks SOOOO misinformed? They act like they have moral positions, but flub any attempt @ detail. :(

Maybe HA does send them here…

blockchords on December 19, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Well, not me. I blame those b*stards Hoover and Coolidge. Thank God for FDR and Obama.

NoPain on December 19, 2013 at 6:42 PM

I blame Bush for the utterly disastrous Sarbannes-Oaxley hyper-regulation which has strangled the IPO market and the economy, so the majority is partially right in this case.

thuja on December 19, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Bush didn’t pass S-O, Congress did.

Senate: 99-0-1

House: 423-3-9

Seems to me that they deserve more blame than Bush.

Del Dolemonte on December 19, 2013 at 6:08 PM

I wasn’t aware of how much the GOP caved on this issue. There actually was a closer on the bill in the House. It 344-90-10, but it was 87 socialist Democrats voting against it, because it wasn’t destructive enough for the economy.

thuja on December 19, 2013 at 6:54 PM

I wasn’t aware of how much the GOP caved on this issue. There actually was a closer on the bill in the House. It 344-90-10, but it was 87 socialist Democrats voting against it, because it wasn’t destructive enough for the economy.

thuja on December 19, 2013 at 6:54 PM

There are plenty of Republicans to blame for some of what we deal with. That idiotic light bulb ban was the brain-child of Kate Upton’s uncle (R) MI.

Abject fear of the black man led to the confirmation of criminals such as Holder and Geithner.

Ol’ Joe Wilson was one prescient enough to call a you-know-what a you-know-what.

Lanceman on December 19, 2013 at 7:09 PM

FDR is the real culprit…oh don’t forget LBJ

Redford on December 19, 2013 at 7:19 PM

If the public is this stupid, why do we even have a voting age?

crrr6 on December 19, 2013 at 7:34 PM

most Americans still blame Bush for economic problems

“Most” Americans are not too bright and/or extremely uninformed and ignorant of economics.

This state of affairs is the greatest flaw of universal suffrage representative democracy. And it is probably a fatal flaw.

farsighted on December 19, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Oh well.

verbaluce on December 19, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Your act wears thin. What a simpleton.

CWchangedhisNicagain on December 19, 2013 at 8:47 PM

well then about 50% of America is stupid, plain and simple

sadsushi on December 19, 2013 at 8:50 PM

As smart and competent as Obama, he is still only a man, not a god

nonpartisan on December 19, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Fact: Obama is neither smart, nor competent. Though he was, and is still sometimes marketed as a god.

And that bit of marketing, should have invalidated any chance he had at the White House. But the Media still wants their demigod.

Maybe we can talk about his smarts once we see his collage transcripts. Oh right, GWBs we can see, not the smartest mane ever. Were it true, we’d have those transcripts thrown in our faces. But its not. Obama is a blithering fool.

Sharr on December 19, 2013 at 8:54 PM

If the public is this stupid, why do we even have a voting age?

crrr6 on December 19, 2013 at 7:34 PM

I think we would be better off if we repealed the 26th Amendment.

thuja on December 19, 2013 at 8:56 PM

most Americans still blame Bush for economic problems

Most know what Miley Cyrus had for breakfast and who she’s sleeping with. They don’t know a thing about the economy, taxation and how to budget.

Means absolutely nothing except the average person is low info.

I blame almost 50 years of dumbing down and societal degradation.

kim roy on December 19, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Obama sure has been doing a great anti-capitalist job, but it was Bush who: signed new entitlement, doubled debt and, yes, with Paulson ignored capitalism and the law to (his words) “save capitalism.”

AshleyTKing on December 19, 2013 at 9:58 PM

thuja on December 19, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Indeed it’s inaccurate to to blame a single admin.
What I was commenting on is that the gripe seems to be that Americans’ put a lot (any?) of the blame on the Bush admin and policies.
Many here suggest that’s ‘not fair’…it’s more complicated by that…but then reduce themselves to ‘Obama’s fault!’.
To that end, any positive indicators of a recovery are spun as ‘in spite of Obama’.
So for sure, what drives and informs the comments here isn’t any fair or objective analysis of any administration’s role or actions.
It’s just the usual emotional rage about Obama.
Read any ‘jobs report’ post at HA. The bad ones are cheered and the positive ones cause angst.
And now having to hear that Americans in fact do not miss Bush?
That’s not welcome…and can’t be tolerated.

verbaluce on December 19, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Nearly five years after George W. Bush left office, half the public still blames the former president for the nation’s economic woes

… because they put too much emphasis on who controlled the Presidency, and not enough emphasis on who controlled a majority of the 3 entities which pass budgets and bills which affect the economy.

Change your viewpoint from looking only at who controlled the Presidency to which party had majority control, and your perspective changes IMMENSELY.

Republicans held majority control (2+ out of 3 of the House, Senate, and Presidency) from January 3, 1995 to January 2, 2007, and were responsible for the FY 1996 to FY 2007 budgets.

Republicans added $4 Trillion to the national debt over the course of 12 years (not good), but the economy was in VERY good shape when the majority control shifted to Democrats on January 3, 2007. Unemployment was at 4.4%, and the Employment-Population Ratio was at 63.4%

Democrats have added over $8 Trillion to the national debt over the course of just 6 years. More than twice the amount of new debt in half the time… adding new debt at OVER FOUR TIMES the rate. The Employment-Population Ratio has been below 59% for more than four straight years… the longest it’s been below 59% since the late 1970′s. The Employment-Population Ratio for women is lower than it’s been in 25 years… meaning that for women under age 40, employment is lower now than it has EVER been in their working career.

Democrats and their partners in the media try to pin all of the damage that Democrats did to the economy in 2007, 2008, and 2009 on George W. Bush. And that is a BIG LIE.

ITguy on December 19, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Total Public Debt Outstanding
10/16/2013: $16,747,360,549,057.23
12/16/2013: $17,259,029,055,459.14
==================================
TWO MONTHS: ___$511,668,506,401.91

Over half a $Trillion in new debt added in the last TWO MONTHS.

And that is somehow Bush’s fault?!?

The last budget passed by a Republican House, Republican Senate, and Republican President George W. Bush had a deficit of less than $161 Billion over 12 months.

Now, we’ve added over half a $Trillion in new debt in the last TWO MONTHS.

Now, I know that the big jump on 10/17/2013 was to “make whole” the borrowing that had been done under not-subject-to-debt-limit borrowing from “extraordinary measures”, but fact remains that the “Total Public Debt Outstanding” reported by the U.S. Treasury increased by over half a Trillion dollars in just two months.

ITguy on December 19, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Nearly five years into Obama’s presidency

Compare the Employment-Population Ratio during Reagan’s Presidency to Obama’s:

http://4gfc.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/reagan-vs-obama-e-p-ratio.jpg

Very eye-opening. What Reagan inherited was worse than what Obama “inherited” (I’m using quotes there because Senator Obama helped CREATE what pResident Obama “inherited” from himself and his Democrat peers who had altered the direction of the economy in 2007 & 2008).

Reagan turned the economy around.

Obama has not.

From September to November of Reagan’s 5th year (1985), the BLS-reported Employment Level increased by 350,000 people.

Compare that to September to November of Obama’s 5th year (2013), the BLS-reported Employment Level increased by only 83,000 people.

And for those who think George W. Bush was worse for the economy than Obama, take a look at September to November of W’s 5th year (2005)… the BLS-reported Employment Level increased by 93,000 people.

During the same two months of his Presidency, Bush created more jobs than Obama did.

ITguy on December 19, 2013 at 11:30 PM

It appears that I’m too late to this thread to make much difference here… no one besides me has posted a comment to this in over an hour…

ITguy on December 19, 2013 at 11:32 PM

It appears that I’m too late to this thread to make much difference here… no one besides me has posted a comment to this in over an hour…

ITguy on December 19, 2013 at 11:32 PM

I saw it. It was good.

Axeman on December 20, 2013 at 12:38 AM

I saw it. It was good.

Axeman on December 20, 2013 at 12:38 AM

agreed

WryTrvllr on December 20, 2013 at 1:10 AM

Whatever happens
they have got
the megaphone,
and we have not.

Any plan that does not include prying liberals’ hands off the media monopoly weapon is useless.

Repeal the Hollywood tax cuts! For a start.

As long as the GOP keeps ignoring ideas like that it will remain a fake opposition.

David Blue on December 20, 2013 at 1:57 AM

And if a Republican (ever) gets back into the White House, he’ll be blamed as soon as he’s sworn in. The LSM will see to that.

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 19, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Before.

David Blue on December 20, 2013 at 2:08 AM

It should be noted that the policies that led to the economic collapse were Democratic policies begun under Clinton, pushing lenders to accept and guarantee loans for uncreditworthy (= Democratic constituencies) borrowers and insisting quasi-government entities like Fannie and Freddie buy them and back them, which Bush repeatedly warned Congress about.

The “banking reforms” wrought by Democrats do nothing to prevent or reduce fraud, but have rewarded their crony capitalist friends to the tune of taxpayer billions, and were a big part of the failures which led to the meltdown as well.

The final blow to the economy came after Democrats recaptured both House and Senate in 2006 and doubled down on their failing policies.

Media can blame Bush, and you can bet the leftist academics would (they did even when the economy was doing very well), but that does not make it true.

Adjoran on December 20, 2013 at 4:24 AM

Axeman on December 20, 2013 at 12:38 AM
WryTrvllr on December 20, 2013 at 1:10 AM

Thank you both. I appreciate your feedback.

ITguy on December 20, 2013 at 7:58 AM

Poll: Nearly five years into Obama’s presidency, most Americans still blame Bush for economic problems

I’m beginning to think that most Americans parrot what they hear on television and are incapable of thinking for themselves. It also helps to explain why Obama is sitting in the Oval Office…

zoyclem on December 20, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Well, we elected anti-BAIPA Obama twice. Clearly, most Americans are immoral morons. Hence, America is doomed as a nation.

“Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites. . . . Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.”
- Edmund Burke

pannw on December 20, 2013 at 11:41 AM

So for sure, what drives and informs the comments here isn’t any fair or objective analysis of any administration’s role or actions.
It’s just the usual emotional rage about Obama.

verbaluce on December 19, 2013 at 10:22 PM

You’re so stupid that I need to spell it out for you again.

If Obama had done nothing then the economy would have fully recovered by now.

blink on December 20, 2013 at 4:01 AM

Yep, as I said.

verbaluce on December 20, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Most Americans don’t understand basic economics. But why should we be surprised, half of America has an IQ under 100.

“There is no underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” ~ H.L. Mencken

SpiderMike on December 20, 2013 at 1:20 PM

So you agree that it’s Obama’s fault that we haven’t fully recovered yet, right?

blink on December 20, 2013 at 12:38 PM

No, my view isn’t that everything bad is his fault and that he deserves no credit for anything that’s gone well.
Nor is my view that he should be held accountable for nothing or praised for all.

verbaluce on December 20, 2013 at 2:48 PM

It seems that lots of folks here just don’t like that Americans largely hold Bush (and his admin) accountable for the economic collapse that happened during his presidency (and not exactly early in it). They don’t like it one bit. Oh well.

verbaluce on December 19, 2013 at 5:05 PM

I have got to give you guys full credit for that – lesser liars could never have pulled it off.

It IS Obama’s fault. And his (and your deluded ) lying continue.

Squiggy on December 21, 2013 at 7:09 AM

Poll: Many people are still idiots.

This poll like “polls” taken in Nov 2012 and Nov 2008 doesn’t tell us anything new. A little over half of the people out there clearly don’t get it.

RDuke on December 21, 2013 at 9:07 AM

I wish they would take their polls some where other than the counties around DC.

mixplix on December 21, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Blame Bush? Might as well blame FDR for WWII.

The real question is “What am I doing today?”. Reality presents each of us with a set of problems each day we awaken.

What has Obama done? He’s given us “shovel ready jobs”. high unemployment, etc. etc. In other words Obama has only made the problem worse!

THINK in terms of the future. Wallowing in the past is a losers game.

Blame Bush? Try blaming yourself!

rpupton on December 21, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Bush had a democratic Congress.

mixplix on December 21, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Rewind your tape and you’ll find that Bush had a democratic Congress. You may deny this but the facts say differently. Please get your polling data from counties beyond the DC area.

mixplix on December 23, 2013 at 9:17 PM

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