Poll: Majority have favorable view of George W. Bush
George W. Bush’s popularity is nearly double what it was when he left office in January 2009, according to a new poll released Monday.
The CNN poll conducted by SSRS found 61 percent of Americans polled view Bush favorably and just 33 percent view him unfavorably.
The same poll found Bush with a 35-percent approval rating when he left the White House nine years ago.
Most of his boost comes from Democrats and independents. A majority of Democrats — 54 percent — now view Bush favorably, while 11 percent did in early 2009, the poll found.
Bush also is viewed favorably by a majority of nonwhites and people under 35 years old — two groups he struggled with during his presidency.
The same CNN poll found former President Obama with 66 percent favorability, and current President Trump with 40 percent favorability.
Bush seemed to criticize Trump in a speech in the fall, saying that “bigotry seems emboldened” in the U.S. and warning that Americans need to reject “white supremacy.”
The poll of 1,005 adults was taken from Jan. 14-18, and has a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points.
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