POLL: Romney leads in confidence on recovery, but Obama escapes most economic blame

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Submitted: Fri, 11/02/2012 - 1:16am
Updated: Fri, 11/02/2012 - 1:20am

More likely voters think the economy would improve under Mitt Romney than under Barack Obama – but they disproportionately blame Obama’s predecessor for its troubles in the first place, an example of the mixed sentiments that undergird the deadlocked 2012 election.

Fifty-four percent in the latest ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll express at least some confidence the economy would improve under Romney; fewer, 47 percent, think the same if Obama’s re-elected. Then again, far fewer in either case are “very” confident of economic gains – 19 percent if Romney wins, 21 percent if it’s Obama – hardly a rousing endorsement of either.

While Obama falls 7 percentage points short of Romney in this measure, he does far better in another: Despite his tenure at the helm, just 36 percent of likely voters say Obama is chiefly responsible for the country’s current economic problems. Fifty-one percent instead still blame his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush, three years and nine months after he left office.

Click here to read more about the poll at ABCNews.com


  • Guest2020 says:

    We are doomed either way. We are just less doomed with Romney. More people should vote third party. We might get better viable candidates that way.

  • taxpayer says:

    the Lame Stream Media, People Magazine, Oprah, The View, Madonna, and Hollywood, all of whom hava given Obama a free pass since he was elected…they think Obama has done a great job. If Ellen says Obama is good…then it must be true.

  • tweety11 says:

    So your word is gospel or fox news???

  • GuestMan. says:

    Dubya almost wrecked our whole economy plunging us into the worst recession in 80 years and he doesn’t get blamed? C’mon man. Now, Romney wants to give us more of the same? Are you kidding? We know Romney’s policies won’t work because they have been tried before and look where that took us. If you vote for anyone other than President Obama you are signing off on your own misery for the next generation.

  • Philip says:

    If this is true then it tells you just how stupid Americans are. It is beyond belief to me that Obama is still at 47% in the polls nationally with his policies wrecking business. Look at the news 500 people lining up to work at a grocery store in Wilmington.

  • guest8675309 says:

    Oblama is wrecking this country!!! Only a week to go before he is out, don’t worry….

  • tweety11 says:

    Why are we so angry about the economy,we showed little interest to unemployed several years ago whats different now???

  • Gail says:

    What has Obama done or didn’t do, that directly affected you? I seriously doubt you can answer that with anything that makes sense. Obama has had 4 years to undo 8 years of total government melt-down. He doesn’t do anything without the approval of congress so who really rules this country? If you think Romney cares about you, you deserve him. He is a rich man who wants the rich to get richer. He also wants to play war and I am willing to bet if he takes office, the US will be in another war within 1 year. Wake up people.

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