We'll always have Bush: New AP poll shows overwhelming amount of Americans blame former Prez for economy

However, Obama's numbers suffer across the board in the new poll on such indices as leadership, where he gets only 51 percent of the public to say he's a strong leader; that's down from 60 percent in June and 65 percent following the capture and death of Osama bin Laden in May. The poll was conducted just from August 18-22, with Monday being a day where the news was dominated by the apparent ouster of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Here's more from the Yahoo story of the poll:

Some 75 percent in the poll said the country is heading in the wrong direction, up from 63 percent in June. Among Democrats, 61 percent chose "wrong direction" — up from 46 percent in June.

In a new high, 52 percent of all adults said they disapprove of his overall performance — 52 percent, up from 47 percent in June. Among Democrats, approval fell 8 points, to 74 percent from 82 percent in June. Among Republicans, it fell to 11 percent from 22 percent.

Politically, the poll underscores the difficult time ahead for Obama as he seeks re-election in a shaky economy.

Unemployment increased to 9.2 percent in July, up from 9.1 percent in June. And most economists don't expect it to decline much below 8.5 percent by the November 2012 presidential election. No president has won re-election with a jobless rate that high since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936.

The President is scheduled to end his summer vacation this Saturday, traveling back to Washington to participate in the Martin Luther King dedication on Sunday - just when Hurricane Irene could be hitting the nation's capital in a potential ferocious storm.

Nobody's digging on Barack Obama these days. As the President enjoys his remaining days on Martha's Vineyard, his latest poll numbers are the worst in his 2.5 years in office, hitting a rock bottom low of 38 percent in the Gallup daily tracking numbers earlier this week.

The prime factor in that lowly number of course is the fact that the U.S. economy, due to a variety of circumstances, has weakened this summer after a modest recovery had begun to slowly bring the nation out of the recession that officially ended in 2009.

But although the president's critics say his economic policies are the reason unemployment remains stubbornly high, another group blame most of our troubles at the hands of the man Barack Obama replaced, George W. Bush.

That group would be the 1,000 adults nationwide asked recently in an AP-Gfk poll, who by a margin of 51-31 percent, blamed Bush more than Obama for the current state of our affairs.

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