Voters: Actually DC, This Bad Economy is Your Fault

Posted: Jul 23, 2012 3:03 PM

Despite President Obama traveling the country blaming big corporations for not hiring and proclaiming small business owners actually didn't build their businesses, an overwhelming majority of Americans believe bad polices coming out of Washington D.C. are to blame for the bad economy. A new poll from The Hill shows the blame being placed not only in the beltway, but on President Obama himself.

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 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.

Another USA Today/Gallup poll out today shows voters prefer Romney over Obama by a 2-1 margin to handle the economy, proving the class warfare rhetoric being spewed by Team Obama isn't working.

By more than 2-1, 63%-29%, those surveyed say Romney's background in business, including his tenure at the private equity firm Bain Capital, would cause him to make good decisions, not bad ones, in dealing with the nation's economic problems over the next four years.

The findings raise questions about Obama's strategy of targeting Bain's record in outsourcing jobs and hammering Romney for refusing to commit to releasing more than two years of his tax returns. Instead, Americans seem focused on the economy, where disappointment with the fragile recovery and the 8.2% unemployment rate are costing the president.