(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.