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Election-driven news and views . . . by Jim Geraghty.

How Does Obama’s Approval Rating Compare to Bush’s Today?



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The Washington Post asks Americans how they feel about President George W. Bush today, and the results may surprise his critics:

Days before his second term ended in 2009, Bush’s approval rating among all adults was 33 percent positive and 66 percent negative. The new poll found 47 percent saying they approve and 50 percent saying they disapprove. Among registered voters, his approval rating today is equal to President Obama’s, at 47 percent, according to the latest Post-ABC surveys.

Apparently Douglas Adams was off by a bit; the answer isn’t “42,” it’s “47 percent.”

“You know, you may not believe it at this moment, but by 2013 we’ll be equally popular.”


Tags: Barack Obama , Polling , George W. Bush


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