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George W. Bush’s Image Has Been Rehabilitated

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George W. Bush’s Image Has Been Rehabilitated

On 01.23.18 01:39 PM posted by Joe Simonson

Former President George W. Bush has seen a dramatic turnaround in his approval rating since leaving office, with over a majority of the country now viewing him favorably.

Since departing the White House in 2009, the 43rd president’s approval rating*has nearly doubled to 61 percent from 33 percent, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS. Nearly a majority of all demographic groups, minus some such as nonwhites and individuals under 35, now view Bush favorably.

With over 6 in 10 Americans giving Bush the thumbs-up, he now sits just slightly lower in the rankings than former President Barack Obama, who boasts an approval rating of 66 percent. A 2016 survey showed that 47 percent of Americans approved of former President Bill Clinton.

Bush’s newly found approval by Americans mostly comes from changes of opinion from self-identified Democrats—they jumped to 54 percent approval from a low of 11 percent in February 2009.

Paradoxically, Republican disapproval has tripped to 21 percent from 7 percent since 2015, arguably in part because of Bush’s veiled criticism of President Donald Trump.

CNN*conducted the poll*through the research firm SSRS on Jan. 14-18 and used a sampling of 1,005 adults reached by landline or cellphone. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

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This article has been corrected to reflect when President George W. Bush left office.

The post George W. Bush’s Image Has Been Rehabilitated appeared first on The Daily Signal.

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