November 10th, 2010
01:12 PM ET
12 years ago

Bush approval remains low

(CNN) – Time heals all wounds, the saying goes, but perhaps not when it comes to rehabilitating former president George W. Bush's poll numbers.

According to a new Gallup survey, the 43rd president's favorability rating has hardly seen an uptick since January 2009. Bush's favorables now stand at 44 percent – 4 points higher than it was two years ago, but within the polls sampling error. Fifty-three percent of Americans meanwhile continue to view the president unfavorably.

The new survey also indicates an ongoing partisan divide when it comes to viewing the ex-president: 87 percent of Republicans give him a thumbs up while only 11 percent of Democrats do. Forty-one percent of independents meanwhile say they are fans of Bush.

But perhaps the former president can take solace in the fact Americans aren't any more keen on his successor. The same poll showed President Obama with a virtually identical approval rating to Bush's – 45 percent.

By comparison to another ex-president, Bill Clinton's favorability stood at 61 percent in a recent Gallup survey.

The poll surveyed 1,021 adults between November 4-7 and carries a sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Jacob

    after leaving the world in such a mess, it's really disturbing to see him parade his memoirs around on talk shows with all of his smugness...way, way too soon!!!

    November 10, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. MAhole

    The Liar-in-Chief will ALWAYS have a ZERO approval rating as far as I am concerned........
    His new book is the biggest crock of poo I have ever heard of. It's all about ME-ME-ME – and how "I didn't think I did anything wrong". A complete collection of distorted facts layed out the way HE wants to remember them........
    He takes no responsibility for anything that happened on his watch that was "bad" or tarnished his own image of himself.
    Liar-Liar-Pants-On-Fire. Delusional – completely delusional. Now I know where $arah Failin' got it from.............

    November 10, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. once upon a horse

    people still blame President Bush for the shape that the country is in YET they decided to vote back into Congress the party that helped get us in that shape because President Obama's CHANGE is coming fast enough. LOL Go FIGURE!! No wonder folks like Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck are so popular nowadays.

    November 10, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. Terry

    Hard to imagine that GW's latest display of arrogance and ineptitude hasn't improved his standing in the polls????? Duh.

    November 10, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Lucullus

    How in the name of reality can 44% of the American people see that corrupt, inept, lazy, contemptible frat boy in a good light. He destroyed the economy, our military, our honor, our good name. What is wrong with these people. The must all be Morans!!!!

    November 10, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. B.G.

    Maybe it's because whenever you liberals post an article about Bush you put a stupid picture of him like this one? Try respecting the former President a little more. Put a 'presidential' picture of him in your title. Unfortunately you know how to persuade public opinion w/ Will Ferrell like's sad and disrespectful. Although I'm not an Obama supporter, I wouldn't want stupid pictures of him posted everywhere either.

    November 10, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. Adalbert

    He should be in jail. He is a war criminal.

    November 10, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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