Monday, July 23, 2012

Two-thirds of likely voters say that the weak economy is Washington’s fault, and more blame Obama than anybody else, according to a new poll for The Hill

It found that 66% believe paltry job growth and slow economic recovery is the result of bad policy. Thirty-four percent say that Obama is the most to blame, followed by 23% who say Congress is the culprit. Twenty percent point the finger at Wall Street, and 18% cite former President George W. Bush. The results highlight the reelection challenge that Obama faces amid dissatisfaction with his first-term performance on the economy. The poll, conducted for The Hill by Pulse Opinion Research, found that 53% of voters say that Obama has taken the wrong actions and has slowed the economy down. Forty-two percent said that he has taken the right actions to revive the economy, while 6% said that they were not sure. The poll found sharp differences in opinions along racial lines, with 94% of African-Americans saying that Obama had taken the right actions on the economy, compared to 34% of white voters.

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