It must be the artwork. Or the grandchildren. Or the fact that he's not President anymore. But at the moment, George W. Bush is enjoying greater popularity among Americans than President Obama.
A CNN/ORC poll out this morning shows that a majority of Americans have a positive view of former president George W. Bush. It’s the first time the nation’s 43rd president has had a higher favorable rating than unfavorable since early in his second term. Fifty-two percent of respondents had a favorable view of Bush compared with 43% who held an unfavorable opinion.
Contrast that with Bush’s numbers shortly before he left office in January 2009, when only 35% of Americans viewed him favorably.
Bush’s ratings now are better than the current occupant of the Oval Office. President Obama’s favorable ratings have dipped to 49%, a far cry from the stratospheric numbers (78% in January 2009) he enjoyed shortly before entering the White House.