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Although President Obama has been in the White House for over a year, more Americans still blame former President Bush for the country's economic problems than they do Obama, according to a Gallup poll conducted March 26-28.

Seventy-five percent blamed Bush a "great deal" or "moderate amount" compared to 50 percent who put responsibility on Obama (these figures include people who blame both). Taking the "great deal" category alone, 42 percent blame Bush a great deal compared to 26 percent who blame Obama.

The percentage of those who blame Obama a great deal is up from 14 percent compared to last July, but Bush's number hasn't changed much from his 43 percent figure last summer. The number of those who blamed Obama a moderate amount rose from 18 percent to 24 percent.

Along party lines, 26 percent of Democrats blame Obama a great deal or moderate amount and 75 percent either not much or not at all. Ninety percent blame Bush a great deal or moderate amount with 10 percent not blaming him much or at all.

Seventy-seven percent of Republicans blame Obama a great deal or moderate amount, with 23 percent not blaming him much or at all. Fifty-seven percent of Republicans put some measure of blame on Bush (although only 15 percent are in the "great deal" category) while 43 percent do not blame him much or at all anymore.

Fifty percent of independents blame Obama a great deal or moderate amount, while 49 percent blame him not much or not at all. Seventy-seven percent still blame Bush, while 24 percent blame him not much or at all.

"Theoretically, Obama accumulates more responsibility for the nation's economy every day he's in office," Gallup said. "That could bear down increasingly hard on his approval rating if unemployment continues to hold at or near 10% and consumer attitudes remain negative. However, the big upside is that should the economy rebound on his watch -- and recent Gallup tracking has some signs of a "nascent" recovery -- Obama is poised to receive much of the credit."

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