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Whose Deficit Is It, Anyway?

I’m seeing a bunch of stories about how the spiking worry about the deficit that’s showing up in polls is a political problem for the White House. Inside the

Elisa Mueller
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Jun 18, 2009

I’m seeing a bunch of stories about how the spiking worry about the deficit that’s showing up in polls is a political problem for the White House. Inside the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, though, it seems like there’s some breathing room. People simply don’t blame the president yet for the economy or the deficit.

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?

Situation Obama inherited – 72 percent (-12)

Situation Obama’s policies mostly responsible for: 14 percent (+6)

Some of both: 10 percent (+4)

And:

Which ONE of the following groups do you feel is most responsible for the federal budget deficit?

The Bush administration: 46 percent

The Democrats in Congress: 21 percent

The Republicans in Congress: 7 percent

The Obama administration: 6 percent

ALL: 13 percent

Something to keep in mind when you read an analysis of “the return of Ross Perot.” There’s a lot of wiggle room here and the White House must know it.

Elisa Mueller | Elisa Mueller was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to a mother who taught reading and a father who taught film. As a result, she spent an excessive amount of her childhood reading books and watching movies. She went to the University of Kansas for college, where she earned bachelor's degrees in English and journalism. She moved to New York City and worked for Entertainment Weekly magazine for ten years, visiting film sets all over the world.

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