Gallup poll: Bush’s approval rating positive for first time since 2005

A plurality of voters have a favorable view of former President George W. Bush, according to the latest Gallup poll, marking the first time in eight years he has held a net positive approval rating.

Forty-nine percent said they view Bush favorably with 46 percent saying they view him unfavorably.

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The last time Bush had a positive approval rating was in 2005, when he registered a 54 percent positive and 45 negative split. Bush’s approval rating has slowly improved since bottoming out in early 2008 at 66 percent negative and 32 positive.

Bush has avoided the spotlight since leaving office, but emerged earlier this year to open his presidential library in Dallas. When Bush left office, 40 percent said they had a favorable view of him, against 59 unfavorable.

Voters tend to have positive views of former presidents, yet Bush has the worst current favorability rating of the past five. The second worst is held by his father, George H.W. Bush, who sits at 62 percent positive and 36 percent negative.

The Gallup survey of 1,529 voters was conducted between June 1-4 and has a 3-percentage-point margin of error.