According to Gallup, a majority of Americans now blame President Obama for the bad economy. It’s about time. My interest in this question isn’t political. I have been waiting for more than year for the American people to make the connection between the president’s ill-advised, anti-business, anti-growth economic policies and the dismal state of our economy. In addition, I cringe every time the president whines about the hand he’s been dealt — carefully avoiding, of course, the impact of his own astronomical spending and borrowing. I cringe because his blame game is so childish, and this country cannot return to prosperity if the president continues with his current policies.

Former president George W. Bush deserves a great deal of blame, 36% say, a decline of 7 percentage points since mid-2009, five months after he had left office.

Twenty-four percent say Obama deserves a great deal of the blame, up 10 points since 2009. For the first time since he took office, a majority of Americans — including six in 10 independents — say he deserves a great deal or moderate amount of blame for the nation’s economic woes.