How many times have Barack Obama, his defenders, and apologists tried to blame George W. Bush for something that’s gone wrong? How many times have we heard the finger-pointing excuse, “It’s George Bush’s fault?” Well, given the results of a new poll, that move in the administration’s blame game may be off the table.
But from the headline CNN politics has attached to the story of the poll results — “Warming on W.: More Americans like George W. Bush than dislike” — you’d never know that President Obama has now clearly fallen behind his predecessor in terms of favorability.
Coverage of the game-changing survey in The Hill does point out that significant finding — “George W. Bush tops Obama on favorability in new poll.”
The CNN/ORC poll reveals that 52 percent of Americans see Bush positively, while 43 percent do not.
The new poll finds that 49 percent view Obama favorably, while 49 percent do not.
The report in The Hill notes that Bush’s favorability numbers have seen a dramatic increase since he left office. Back in 2009, a similar survey found that the former president was viewed positively by just about a third of poll respondents.
“CNN said that the former president has notched an 11-point favorability increase among men, a 10-point increase among Republicans and an 8-point increase among suburbanites.”
Bush has even seen his favorability rating among Democrats improve some fifteen points, though the poll finds that about 70% of Democrats still maintain a negative view of the former president.
As for Obama, the new poll results show a drop of three points in favorability since March, when a similar sampling of public sentiment saw the president with a 52% positive rating.
Taking a look at job approval ratings, President Obama is seeing a similar measure of disapproval from the American people. According to the latest Gallup track of Obama’s job approval trend, only 47% of those surveyed give the nation’s chief executive a thumbs up for his performance in office.
The Real Clear Politics average of polls shows Obama faring even worse, with an overall job approval rating of just 44%.
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Equipping You With The Truth