In Poll, More Blame GOP, Bush for Bailout Failure

90% worry economy will suffer more
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2008 12:32 PM CDT
People listen to John McCain speak today. More people blamed the GOP than Democrats for the failed bailout in a recent poll.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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(Newser) – A poll shows that 44% of Americans blame Republicans and 21% Democrats for the failed bailout, though a majority thought the plan didn't go far enough to protect the public, reports the Washington Post. Respondents were split on the bill: 45% were for it, 47% against it. Still, almost 90% of 520 adults polled were concerned that the bill's failure will further hurt the economy.

Concern crossed party lines, but 60% of Democrats called this a crisis, compared with just 44% of Republicans. As for what got us into this mess, more voters blamed President Bush than anything else. While pessimism about personal finances has doubled since 2006, there is some good news: 40% said they are optimistic about the economy's next year.