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 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.