A CBS News-New York Times poll was released this morning. It showed that over 80% of Americans think the country is headed in "the wrong direction," that "things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track." Two in three people think we're now in a recession.
And yet, 28% of Americans think George Bush is doing a good job as president. So even though the vast majority of us think things are going poorly, two-thirds of us don’t blame George Bush for that.
But you know whom we do blame? "Government officials." Sixty-eight percent of us think the housing crisis is due to regulators and lenders. Only 14% of us blame the borrowers.
But 53% of us think the government should help bail out homeowners who took out loans they couldn't afford.
In summation: The country is way off track, especially economically. That is not, however, the president's fault. It's the fault of government officials, who clearly can't be trusted to run the economy. But government officials should definitely save the economy, by giving money to homeowners, who really can't be blamed for buying homes they couldn't afford.
Oh: And we now care more about our wallets than we do the war in Iraq.