A new McClatchy/Marist poll found that Americans still aren’t blaming Obama for the economy. 63% of those surveyed said that Obama inherited the economy, while only 30% blamed him.
The McClatchy/Marist poll found that a majority of registered voters are dissatisfied with how Obama has handled the economy. 57% disapprove of how Obama has dealt with the economy and only 40% approve. Dissatisfaction with Obama’s economic leadership has caused his approval rating on this issue to drop by 12 points among Democrats to 71%. 63% of Independents disapprove of the President’s handling of the economy.
These numbers appear to be bad news for Obama until this little stunner is thrown into the mix. Only 30% of registered voters blamed Obama and his policies for the economy. 63% of those surveyed still believe that he inherited the crisis from George W. Bush. In a nutshell, this one little number explains why the Republicans are going struggle to defeat Obama in 2012 based on the economy.
It is rather shocking that almost three years later notoriously short attention span voters are still blaming George W. Bush and the Republican Party for the current condition of the economy.
It is going to be difficult for the Republican presidential nominee to argue against Obama’s handling of the economy when a vast majority of voters still believe that it was the Republicans who got the country into this mess in the first place. The GOP nominee will bash Obama on the economy, but if that nominee goes on to advocate a solution that is nothing more than a return to the Bush era policies, and voters will say, “But that’s how we got here,” and then flock back to Obama.
No matter how much the Republicans try to make America forget, the lingering presence of the Bush years still hangs over the heads of many voters. The dilemma for Republicans is that they must find a way to capitalize on the displeasure with Obama’s economic performance without reminding voters of in any way of George W. Bush. Any Republican solutions that were already tried during the Bush era are going to open up the GOP nominee to comparisons to George W. Bush.
The Republican nominee is going to have to first run against his/her own party’s history of economic destruction before he/she can challenge Obama’s.
The American people haven’t forgotten what the Republican Party did to the economy, and if this election becomes a referendum on the recession, believe it or not. Obama will be in pretty good shape.
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