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Poll: Obama Not Much More Popular than Bush

By Dan Weil   |   Friday, 11 Dec 2009 10:38 AM

A new poll shows Americans prefer Barack Obama as president over George W. Bush by a margin of only 50 percent to 44 percent, another sign of the president’s waning popularity.

The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling, also shows Obama with an overall approval rating of 49 percent.

“There seems to be more and more of a consensus in the polling now that Obama’s approval rating is under 50 percent,” said Dean Debnam, president of the polling firm.

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“Things still aren’t going well in the country, and as time passes voters, are more inclined to take that out on Obama.”

The numbers against Bush are particularly striking, says Taegen Goddard’s Political Wire.

"Given the horrendous approval ratings Bush showed during his final term that's somewhat of a surprise and an indication that voters are increasingly placing the blame on Obama for the country's difficulties instead of giving him space because of the tough situation he inherited,” Goddard writes.

“The closeness in the Obama/Bush numbers also has implications for the 2010 elections. Using the Bush card may not be particularly effective for Democrats anymore, which is good news generally for Republicans."

According to the most recent New York Times/CBS News poll, Obama’s approval rating is 50 percent, his lowest support level since taking office.

In Gallup’s daily approval rating for Obama, he also stands at 50 percent.

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