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After three years of having the luxury of previous President George W. Bush to blame for the nation’s economic ills, President Barack Obama is finding that passing the buck to his predecessor isn’t selling with American voters.
A new poll by Gallup, 53 percent of those surveyed now say he bears blame for the sagging economy — the first time that a majority nailed the current President for responsibility.
Since his election, Obama has tried to shift the blame for the nation’s economic mess to Bush. Gallup found that message no longer works.
“It doesn’t look good,” a Democratic insider tells Capitol Hill Blue.
“Harry Truman said ‘the buck stops here’ and it is past time that President Obama accepted responsibility for his action,” Democratic voter Bill McKinnon of Denver said in an interview. “As much as I dislike Bush, I can no longer accept the argument that he is the one to blame for the nation’s economic ills.”
Gallup found that independent voters — key to Obama’s hopes to retain the Presidency — increasingly blame Obama for the poor economy. The new poll found 63 percent of independents now blame the President — a 32 percent jump since 2009.