Americans Blame GOP for Economy by 2-to-1

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2008 8:00 PM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. speaks during a campaign event in Green Bay, Wis., Monday, Sept. 22, 2008.    (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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(Newser) – Voters blame the GOP over Democrats for the Wall Street crisis by a 2-to-1 margin that may be boosting Barack Obama's overall numbers, a new poll says. Nearly half of Americans pinned blame on Republicans while only about a quarter held Democrats responsible. And Obama held a 10-point lead among voters looking for a president who can handle the economy, CNN reports.

Meanwhile, Obama held a 5-point nationwide lead over McCain. "Two core McCain constituencies" are giving him a boost, a CNN analyst said. "Men, who now narrowly favor Obama, and seniors, who have also flipped from McCain to Obama." Said another: "The CNN Poll of Polls started to show an Obama edge in the middle of last week—just as the financial crisis began to hit home for many Americans."