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Whose Deficit Is It, Anyway?

Last updated: July 31, 2020 | June 18, 2009 | Frazer Pugh

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)


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.

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