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The Hill poll: Bush blame increasingly ineffective

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By Doug Powers  •  July 23, 2012 03:04 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

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Just last month, NBC’s David Gregory suggested that the Obama campaign should really start thinking about cranking up the Bush blame (as if that’s never occurred to them), but these days that particular brand of retro-scapegoating is falling on increasingly skeptical ears:

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 results highlight the reelection challenge Obama faces amid dissatisfaction with his first-term performance on the economy.

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. Forty-two percent said he has taken the right actions to revive the economy, while six percent said they were not sure.

Which is why we’re seeing a new approach: Obama inherited the economy from Mitt Romney:

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Meanwhile, for others, the Koch brothers are the problem.

**Written by Doug Powers

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