“62% said he inherited the mess”

President Obama is joined by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton for a meeting with first responders, volunteers and Memphis area families impacted by flooding in Memphis, May 16

Steve Benen: Dave Weigel noted in passing yesterday that President Obama’s approval rating, while down from the bump it received in May, “still seems insanely high considering how unhappy voters are about the economy.” ….we would expect it to be much lower given public anger and frustration … yet, the president’s support remains in the high 40s. There are competing explanations for this, but something in the NBC/WSJ poll stood out for me. Respondents were asked a good question:

“How responsible is President Obama and his administration’s policies for the country’s current economic conditions?”

Just 10% said Obama is “solely responsible,” and 24% said he’s “mainly responsible.” Nearly half the country (48%) believes the president is “only somewhat responsible,” while 16% consider him not responsible for economic conditions at all….

In contrast, the same poll asked how responsible George W. Bush is for the economy. Nearly half the country (47%) believe Bush is either mainly or solely responsible, well more than blame Obama…

…..people are frustrated and pessimistic, but they don’t necessarily see President Obama as the culprit. Indeed, the poll asked, “When you think about the current economic conditions, do you feel that this is a situation that Barack Obama has inherited or is this a situation his policies are mostly responsible for?” A large 62% majority said he inherited the mess.

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33 Responses to ““62% said he inherited the mess””

  1. 1 africa
    June 16, 2011 at 11:27 am

    You can’t keep a good man down. Not especially when people across this country see the genuine efforts this president makes every single day.

    Sixty-two percent — all of this infruitates the PL.

    • 2 COS
      June 16, 2011 at 11:40 am

      I think Romney and his friends are planning the big ride to the White House on this “bad economy” meme, although they offer no solutions to fix it and they expect us to give them the keys back. Considering what these republican governors are doing across the country, the end of the world will definitely come if they take the presidency. 🙂 They don’t handle power in a positive way; they use it to destroy progress.

  2. June 16, 2011 at 11:30 am


  3. 5 Fred
    June 16, 2011 at 11:35 am

    the President and the demoWIMPS should walk around with a chart of the private sector jobs gains that took place under HIM and the job loses that took place under GWB so that these impatient ignorant voters see the facts and face the TRUTH

  4. 10 cat48
    June 16, 2011 at 11:38 am

    It infuriates the Wingnuts too. They’re lying on TV & writing opeds as fast as they can! Just making shit up….SOP, I guess. Romney has a whopper. Obama made the Economy worse by passing cap & trade and Union Rights Cardcheck……….a fracken lie!!!!!

  5. 11 Debra
    June 16, 2011 at 11:38 am

    It is heartening to know that most people in spite of some the media’s efforts have common sense and do realize President Obama was handed a gigantic mess and is doing a great job trying to get us out of it.

  6. 12 PoliticalJunkessa
    June 16, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Plus, folks just like him. Even Republicans (shhhhhh….). I never underestimate his personal appeal in keeping afloat his approval numbers. He likes people and people like him.

    • 13 isonprize
      June 16, 2011 at 11:51 am

      PJ, excellent point. Look at the Congressional cookout. Folks talking about him like a dog i public, but yet right there, RIGHT THERE, grinning in his face, eating burgers on the South Lawn. Couldn’t WAIT to get their pictures taken. And their kids LOVE Pres Obama.

    • 14 africa
      June 16, 2011 at 11:59 am

      Don’t forget his secret weapon and closer, FLOTUS. As COS said above, the Republicans are hoping to ride the bad economic news to victory. And they are looking to the media to help them along.

      It is amazing how no matter how much they try to poison the airwaves, they president just soldiers along. He is the one working for the people.

      Romney and all the Repubs together will have to tell the public what and how they plan to fix the economy. Even if the media tries to give them a pass, when people start paying attention, they want to know what you gonna do to fix this problem.

  7. 15 Fred
    June 16, 2011 at 11:40 am

    there goes B Walters bashing the President with little George S 🙄

    • 16 dotster
      June 16, 2011 at 11:54 am

      She’s been bending over backwards to support Weiner and is likely another one, joining Jon Stewart, who is mad at the President for saying that if he were in Weiner’s position he would step down. Some people have trouble looking beyond their own personal loyalties and refuse to look at the reality of situations.

    • 17 africa
      June 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm

      I saw that Fred. She tried to talk about president saying he might be a one-termer, and there was Elizabeth quoting that old WAPO poll that PBO and Romney are tied. And GS did not dispute her statement. These people are all nuts.

      Joy stepped saying that even in bad economy PBO was at 49 percent with GS concurring.

      • 18 Fred
        June 16, 2011 at 12:08 pm

        Dotster Walters is defending Weiner’s wiener.I would have said something else but out of respect I will abstain but it just shows that BW has ZERO morals at times.

        as for little George I didn’t expect him to standup to that lying cunt that is EH because he is a PUMA and he would have been working for HC had she won the election 🙄

  8. June 16, 2011 at 11:45 am

    In my opinion 99% knows Obama inherited the mess.

  9. 21 cat48
    June 16, 2011 at 11:46 am

    He not only inherited the Bush Recession, but the damn Bush Global Financial Crisis b/c it still wasn’t stable when he took over! Google news every morning has new opeds written by wingnuts, lying about the economy. Most Economists say it can take 5 – 10 yrs. for an Economy to completely recover after a Financial Crisis. Look at the stock market …..lately, as crazy as the jobs report. Greece, Portugal & Spain are all unstable. Greece needs to be fixed so they don’t default & take down the other countries. Greece has been wobbly for a year now. So, we’re wobbly too. Hate the Global Econ at times.

  10. 22 cat48
    June 16, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Morning Joe cracked me up this morning. They just don’t understand why his approval rating is still 49%. They think it should be in the 20’s or 30’s, like St. Reagans was. Quite funny to listen to. Joe kept saying that “it’s his Economy now!” blah, blah, blah Like I would ever vote for anyone but him anyway. Tax cuts is all the GOP has and Cuts.. They’re a two note pony!. Tax cuts, with the debt we have would be ridiculous.

    • 23 Debz
      June 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm

      This just proves the msm are in their own little bubble. None of them can understand why PBO’s poll numbers are as high as they are, because they have no clue what is going on in the real world. We are just fly-over country to them.

  11. June 16, 2011 at 11:56 am

    …..people are frustrated and pessimistic, but they don’t necessarily see President Obama as the culprit. Indeed, the poll asked, “When you think about the current economic conditions, do you feel that this is a situation that Barack Obama has inherited or is this a situation his policies are mostly responsible for?” A large 62% majority said he inherited the mess.

    People are paying attention, now we need to let the other 38% know what’s going on.

  12. June 16, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Kucinich is lying about marine ground forces in Libya! This has got to stop! He has on his website that 2200 marines are in Libya or headed for battle there!


    Can we please call his office and tell him we will be suing him if he keeps up all these lies?

    • 26 africa
      June 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm

      Do we have his number. We need to all give him a call.

    • 27 Fred
      June 16, 2011 at 12:13 pm

      PLEASE Chip if you can keep this article atop of your site as this lie has been going around the internet and it’s important for us to tell the truth about the President and Israel 😡

      Fact Checking The ‘Controversial’ White House Call With Jewish Leaders

      Reports that an Obama adviser told top Jewish leaders that the administration is applying pressure to Israel to negotiate with the Palestinians is coming under new scrutiny after the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent talked to two individuals who were on the conference call.

      On Friday, the Washington Times’s Eli Lake reported that the White House told Jewish leaders it was pressuring Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to adopt Obama’s position that 1967 border lines, with mutually agreed swaps, should be the basis for peace talks. But it turns out that Lake’s report of the call might have been less than completely accurate.

      Sargent spoke with Alan Solow, former head of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and Stuart Eizenstat, a former Clinton administration official. He reports:

      Both tell me that there was no discussion whatsoever of pressuring Israel to come to the table absent a recognition by Hamas of the Quartet Principles — which demand recognition of Israel, renouncing terrorism, and abiding by past agreements. They both asserted that on the call, [Steven Simon,White House National Security Council senior director for the Middle East and North Africa] merely restated Obama’s public position on these issues.

      Sargent questioned Eizenstat about if the White House had made any shift in policy and found a very clear answer. He writes:

      “I don’t know how anyone in their wildest imagination got the idea that there was any implication of any additional pressure on Israel,” Eizenstat told me. “Quite the contrary — the call was meant as reassurance of the President’s position on not negotiating with Hamas” if they don’t accept the Quartet principles.

      While this seems like an easy enough story to have fact checked–as Sargent’s good journalism shows–right wing critics of the White House have gotten plenty of traction out of misreporting the White House’s message to Jewish leaders.

      The Council on Foreign Relation’s Elliot Abrams told the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin:

      If the reports are right, the U.S. is now abandoning the Quartet Principles — and asking Israel to negotiate with a Palestinian side that includes Hamas without Hamas taking one single step away from terror.

      And Rubin quipped:

      Is the U.S. president pressuring Israel to adopt a position that is not its own and diminishes its bargaining position? And what happened to the statements in President Obama’s speech to AIPAC that Israel could not be expected to sit down with those who want to destroy it?

      Having being called out on her hyping of a fabricated controversy, Rubin bizarrely lashed out at Sargent for having the nerve to fact check her. With no real evidence to back her claim, Rubin asserts “…the administration apparently dispensed two friendly voices to say everything was fine, perfectly fine.” She goes on to complain that “the denseness of American Jewish leaders is always disturbing,” and concludes that Sargent’s post is “all about domestic damage-control for the administration.”

      Rubin’s misrepresentation of an AIPAC memo (see our post yesterday) and her role in hyping the nonexistent controversy about the White House call should drive home the point that the Post’s “Right Turn” blogger, who “[reports] opinion from a conservative perspective,” is deeply invested in creating a rift between Jewish Democrats and the White House, even when the facts don’t bear her out.


  13. 29 Fred
    June 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    PLEASE call the Secret Service on this racist dangerous loon that is Glenn Beck 😡



  14. 30 JER
    June 16, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich said he could explain the problems with the economy in less than 2 minutes, 15 seconds—and he did it (with illustrations to boot). Check it out.

  15. 31 carolyn
    June 16, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    All the Republicans have going for them is what they think is the bad economy. I predict…..I’m just as qualified as the MSM is!…that a year from now the economy will be on a good sound footing, the unemployment rate will be below 8.5, and people will be feeling positive about the future. The economy does not stay in the same place for 17 months. This is WAY too early for them to decide on their election “theme”…..They’re going to get caught with no place to go. Once the economy picks up, and they have no plans, nothing positive to run on, they’ll sink.

    • 32 ber6964
      June 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm

      From your computer to God’s ears. Thank you for the check, I think we all need remember your wise words.

  16. 33 HZ
    June 16, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Carolyn, I have been telling my friends and neighbors the same thing. They have not seen anything yet. It is going to blow them out of the waters.

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