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Poll: 54 percent blame Bush for economy

By Ezra Klein,

The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that 54 percent of Americans consider George W. Bush primarily responsible for the problems facing the economy, while only 29 percent put the blame on President Obama. Even one in five Republicans blames Bush rather than Obama.

Of course, voters could pin the recession on Bush but still feel Obama hasn’t done enough to speed the recovery. This is largely the argument Mitt Romney makes when he says Obama “made the recession worse.” And the poll provides some support of it: 48 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s job performance — an increase over recent months — but only 45 percent approve of his work on job creation, and 52 percent say Obama, in general, has accomplished “not much” or “little or nothing.”

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