In a remarkable twist, 42 months into his presidency, Americans finally hold Barack Obama accountable for this miserable economy. Progress.
Two-thirds of likely voters say the weak economy is Washington’s fault, and more blame President Obama than anybody else, according to a new poll for The Hill.
It found that 66 percent believe paltry job growth and slow economic recovery is the result of bad policy. Thirty-four percent say Obama is the most to blame, followed by 23 percent who say Congress is the culprit. Twenty percent point the finger at Wall Street, and 18 percent cite former President George W. Bush.
The results highlight the reelection challenge Obama faces amid dissatisfaction with his first-term performance on the economy.
The poll, conducted for The Hill by Pulse Opinion Research, found 53 percent of voters say Obama has taken the wrong actions and has slowed the economy down. Forty-two percent said he has taken the right actions to revive the economy, while six percent said they were not sure.
Forty-two percent say he’s taken the right actions? What, are these all the folks collecting welfare and food stamps? How on earth can anyone think things are OK?
Naturally, there’s a racial divide.
The poll found sharp differences in opinions along racial lines, with 94 percent of African-Americans saying Obama had taken the right actions on the economy, compared to 34 percent of white voters.
I’d say that’s racist, but that would be racist.
Amazingly, the poll breakdown seems representative of the population, with the sample being 35% Republican, 34% Democrat and 31% listed as Other.