Skip to comments.Poll: George W. Bush Only Living Ex-President Under 50%
Posted on 06/07/2012 7:01:06 AM PDT by Abathar
Washington (CNN) -- More than three years after leaving office, former President George W. Bush remains unpopular with the public, according to a new national poll.
A CNN/ORC International poll also indicates that two-thirds of Americans have a positive view of Bush's predecessor, former President Bill Clinton.
According to the poll, released Thursday morning, 43% of people questioned had a favorable opinion of Bush, with 54% saying they had an unfavorable view of the former president. Bush's 43% favorable rating is the same as it was in 2010 in CNN polling, but is up from his mid-30's favorable rating during 2009, his first year out of the White House.
"Don't be surprised if the Obama campaign mentions the name of George W. Bush at every opportunity, and don't be surprised if that strategy works," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "And the mention of Bush's name appears to prompt at least a few people to take a more positive view of their current financial situation."
When asked in the survey whether they are better or worse off than they were four years ago, Americans are split, 44% to 43%. But when asked whether they are better or worse off than they were four years ago "when Bush was president," a small gap opens - 47% say they are better off compared to 41% who say they are worse off.
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Duh, because he’s the only one out of office for three and a half years.
Give it time. His statesmanship only serves to help his image (witness the portrait unveiling last week).
If Carter can rebound, anyone can.
The media are a parody of themselves.
Jimmy Carter....did he pass away? I cannot imagine he is above 50%!
I will never believe a bs cnn poll...who cares? their 12 person audience?
Dude, you took the words right out of my mouth! I was only born during the Carter years, but given what I have heard about him, how in the world can he have an approval rating over 50%?
Well who cares? Former Speaker Pelosi says she “loved” the guy, just not his policies....it was funny to watch her praise President Bush.
LOL! Another CNN “poll”. Funny stuff.
Memo to CNN, George Bush is not on the ballot this November. Obama will not be running against George Bush...
My God!! Did CNN take a poll of what people thought of Carter in June of ‘84??
Completly worthless information. And they pay people to do this. I don’t have all that high an opinion of Bush myself, and I’m a republican. But I’m not interested, and do not spend a moment thinking about somebody that’s out of power. Those that ARE in power take up enough of my time!
Ben, I have a favorable outlook on President Bill Clinton too. Looking back at his Presidency compared to today was paradise. Heck at least the economy was good. Obama has nothing at all that is going well. NOTHING!!! I would rather President Clinton now than President Obama!!!!
How can Carter have an approval rating above 50%?
By asking a bunch of people who were not even ALIVE - or certainly not politically aware (being 10 years old or less) when he was President.
All this proves is that state-controlled media never stops propagandizing.
The average person’s perception of Carter has nothing to do with Carter’s politics, it’s that he builds free houses for poor people...
Conservatives disdain Bush as much as the Liberals do. That’s the problem. He was a good man, but his policies weren’t the best. He tried to triangulate too much, in an effort to try to please everybody, and when you do that, you wind up pleasing nobody.
With modern Presidents like Carter I’d like to see the results where they only poll people who might have actually followed the news WHILE he was in office; say, those 16 or older during any time in his Presidency.