More Favor than Disfavor George W. Bush, Poll Finds
SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Time has been kind to former President George W. Bush since he left office in January 2009.
Back then, a Gallup poll found Bush’s favorability rating at just 40 percent among all Americans, with the economy mired in a deep recession and the U.S. fighting wars on two fronts. It even dipped to 35 percent in March 2009 before recovering to stay in the low-to-mid 40s.
Opinions of the 43rd president have been more negative than positive since 2005. However, Gallup now says the numbers have finally reversed for Bush, with 49 percent of Americans seeing him in a favorable light while 46 percent view him unfavorably.
The bounce-back is not totally unexpected since all former presidents have seen their popularity improve after they leave the White House, starting with Gerald Ford.
However, Bush has a way to go to catch up with his predecessors, all of whom have favorability ratings in the 60s, including his father, George H. W. Bush, who turns 89 on Wednesday.
Not unexpectedly, Republicans are far more apt to give Bush high marks than Democrats and independents. But even some Democrats are willing to cut the former commander in chief some slack, with his favorability rising among this group from 14 percent in November 2010 to 24 percent today.
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