Most American voters blame bad leadership for the condition of the economy, and think Democrats and Republicans alike have hurt more than helped the situation.
That’s according to a Fox News poll released Friday.
President Obama recently said his policies had gotten the economy “moving again” until a six-month “run of bad luck” set things back. That run included the earthquake in Japan, uprisings in the Middle East and the European debt crisis.
Still, by 6-to-1 voters blame the economy on bad leadership (75 percent) rather than bad luck (12 percent). That includes 89 percent of Republicans, 72 percent of independents and 66 percent of Democrats
Who’s providing that bad leadership? Almost half of voters -- 45 percent -- think President Obama’s actions have hurt the economy. That’s 19 percentage points more than the 26 percent who say he’s helped, while 28 percent say he has "not made much of a difference."
By a 28 percentage-point margin, voters are more likely to think the actions of Congressional Democrats have hurt the economy.
The assessment of Congressional Republicans is even worse: By 35 percentage points, voters think they have had a negative impact.
Lawmakers associated with the Tea Party movement fare better than either of the two major parties. Even so, by a 16-point margin, voters think they also did more harm than good.