Registered voters continue to place more blame on the Bush administration for the country's economic woes than President Obama, according to a new poll from CNN.
This election season, Republican pundits and politicians (Jeb Bush himself) have continously said Democrats and the Obama campaign should stop "blaming" the George W. Bush administration for the country's economic hardships, but year after year, the public continues to see things differently.
Although 44% of registered voters said they believe they are worse off financially today than they were four years ago, they overwhelmingly blamed Bush and Republicans for the country's economic challenges: 57% said Bush and Republicans are more to responsible for the lackluster economy compared to 35% who said the same of Obama and the Democrats, another 6% who said both parties and administrations shoulder the blame equally, and 2% that said neither.
These figures are on par with percentages found in previous CNN polls on this question.
The new poll also found that Americans continue to view the economy poorly: 68% of registered voters consider the country's economic situation poor, compared to 32% who said it was good. But, voters are optimistic that things will improve by next year: 67% said the economy will be somewhat or very good by next year, while 31% believe it will be poor or very poor next year.
The CNN/ORC International poll was conducted September 7-9.