In the new survey, released Monday afternoon, 47 percent of registered voters questioned say Republicans are more responsible for the problems currently facing financial institutions and the stock market, with 24 percent saying Democrats are more responsible. One in five of those polled blame both parties equally, and 8 percent say neither party is to blame.
The poll also indicates that more Americans think Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, would do a better job handling an economic crisis than McCain, the Republican presidential nominee. Forty-nine percent of those questioned say Obama would display good judgment in an economic crisis, 6 points higher than the number who said the same about McCain. And Obama has a 10 point lead over McCain on the question of who would better handle the economy overall.
P.S. The first presidential debate is this Friday. Supposedly, John McCain is being prepped by Michael Steele, former lieutenant governor of Maryland, and an African-American Republican. Surely, race didn't factor into McCain's choice of a debate coach. But I've still got a mental image of McCain spouting ebonics behind the debate podium, while Obama looks at him with a big "WHUH?!?!?" look on his face.