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CNN Poll: Bush, Cheney Popularity Grows

Wednesday, 03 Jun 2009 01:48 PM

By Jim Meyers

George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are more popular now than they were soon after they left office, a new poll of Republicans reveals.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey found that 41 percent of respondents have a favorable impression of former President Bush, up from 35 percent in January.

Former Vice President Cheney's approval rating is 37 percent in the new poll, up 8 percent since February.

Cheney "seems to have burnished his image with his recent media appearances," The Hill newspaper observed.

The poll also disclosed that there is no clear front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee led other potential GOP candidates with 22 percent of the votes from registered Republicans polled, but both Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney were right behind with 21 percent.

"The Republicans have three very well known candidates," said CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider.

"No one is a clear favorite among the three. The race appears to be wide open at this very early date."

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich got 13 percent of the votes in the survey, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush got 6 percent, and 10 percent said they would most likely back someone else.

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