A slight majority of Americans now blame President Obama for the sluggish economy, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll released on Wednesday.
Of the 53 percent of respondents who blame the president, 24 percent blame him a great deal, while 29 percent blame him a moderate amount, Gallup found. Back in 2009, only 32 percent of respondents blamed Obama for the economy.
Most worrying for Obama: 60 percent of independents now lay blame for the recession at Obama's door, compared to 37 percent in 2009.
Most Americans also fault President George W. Bush for the current recession: 70 percent blame him today, compared to 80 percent in 2009. But among independents, that gap is narrowing. In Gallup’s latest poll, independents blame both presidents about equally.
Republicans appear more willing to blame Bush for the economy than Democrats are to blame Obama, Gallup noted. Seventy-five percent of Democrats don’t blame Obama very much, or at all.
The poll was based on telephone interviews conducted Sept. 15-18, with a random sample of 1,004 adults.