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Bush's Popularity on the Rise

Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 11:57 PM

By Matthew Auerbach

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A new Gallup poll released Tuesday had some good news for former President George W. Bush.

For the first time since 2005, more Americans see him in a favorable light than those who view him unfavorably.

According to the poll, 49 percent approve of Bush, while 46 percent do not.

When Bush left the White House in January 2009, his favorable rating stood at 40 percent and his unfavorable rating at 59 percent. 

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The former Commander-in-Chief has kept a low profile since leaving office, but re-emerged in the public eye recently for the opening of his presidential library at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

The perception of Bush has improved among all three major political parties.

Twenty-four percent of Democrats see him in a positive light, up from 10 percent in 2009, the Republican viewpoint jumped 14 points to 84 percent and Bush’s approval rating among Independents rose 17 points, up to 46 percent.

It’s common for former presidents to gain in popularity as time passes.

Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton all saw their favorable ratings improve as years went by.

According to CNN.com, the results of the poll match up with a CNN/ORC International Poll released in late April, shortly before the dedication of Bush’s presidential library.

Those results indicated the number of people who considered Bush's presidency a failure had dropped by 13 percentage points since he left office.

Gallup surveyed 1,529 adults by telephone from June 1 to June 4.

The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.


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