Americans Blame 'Policies of the Present' for Economic Woes: Poll

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Tuesday, 14 Jan 2014 05:07 PM

By Cathy Burke

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President Barack Obama can’t blame his predecessor anymore for the sour state of the economy – a new poll showed 49 percent of those surveyed believe the "policies of the present" are responsible, two reports said Tuesday.

Citing Republican pollster David Winston, House Speaker John Boehner shared the results at the House Republican Conference’s weekly closed-door meeting, Roll Call reported.

Winston's polling after Obama’s 2012 re-election showed 53 percent of voters said "policies of the past" were causing the nation’s economic problems while 44 percent blamed policies "of the present," The Hill reported.

But Winston’s survey in November 2013 found the results reversed with 41 percent of those questioned blaming the policies of the past and 49 percent pointing the finger of blame at current policies.

"Barack Obama came into office blaming [former president] George W. Bush for the state of the economy and the lack of job creation," Boehner told those at the meeting, according to prepared remarks that were quoted by both Roll Call and The Hill.

"For years that 'pass the buck' strategy worked. But at the end of last year, a turning point was reached," the Ohio Republican said."For the first time, a majority of Americans now say they believe the troubles in our economy are more the result of the policies of the present than the policies of the past."

Boehner added, according to the reports: "Since he can’t blame George W. Bush anymore, the president has chosen to talk about rising income inequality, unemployment, and the need to extend emergency unemployment benefits. After five years in office, Barack Obama still doesn’t have an answer to the question: Where are the jobs?"

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