Poll: Majority of Dems has favorable view of George W. Bush

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A slim majority of Democrats in the United States holds a favorable view of former President George W. Bush, according to a new poll.

Fifty-one percent of Democrats in the Economist-YouGov survey say they have a somewhat or very favorable view of the 43rd president, while 42 percent hold a somewhat or very unfavorable view of Bush. 

The results come just under one week after Bush delivered a blistering rebuke of President Trump’s policies. While Bush did not mention Trump by name during the speech, he criticized foreign polices that do not combat security threats head-on and domestic policies that rebuff immigrants.

{mosads}“We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism, forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America. We see a fading confidence in the value of free markets and international trade, forgetting that conflict, instability and poverty follow in the wake of protectionism,” Bush told a crowd at a security forum in New York.

The new online poll was conducted from Oct. 22 to 24, after Bush’s speech. The survey of 1,500 adults, 1,312 of whom are registered voters, has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

A Gallup poll in June found that Bush’s favorability rating had climbed since 2016. Forty-one percent of Democrats in that survey held a favorable view of the former president.

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