Politics

George W. Bush More Popular Than President Obama

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Earlier in May, polls suggested President Barack Obama had a positive approval rating for the first time in two years. However, Obama’s moment in the sun appears to have been short-lived.

A new poll, conducted by CNN/ORC, found that while Obama’s approval rating has dipped slightly, he’s now less popular than his predecessor, George W. Bush.

The majority -- 52 percent -- of the 1,025 respondents had a favorable impression of George W. Bush, while 43 percent reported an unfavorable rating. When he was president, Bush’s approval rating dipped to 25 percent several times, far lower than Obama’s lowest rating of 40 percent.

Obama’s approval rating dipped to 45 percent in this poll, but any number of things could account for the change. While 47 percent of respondents said things in the country are going well, 52 percent said they’re going badly.

Though 22 percent of respondents said that the economy is their chief concern, Obama’s lower approval rating could be the result of his handling of ISIS and government surveillance. For example, 63 percent of people disapprove of how Obama has handled ISIS, and 67 percent disapprove of his handling of the U.S. domestic surveillance program. 

Though it’s unclear what could have led to Bush’s surge in popularity, this is his most favorable rating since April 2005.

Sources: Gallup (2), CNN / Image via Wikimedia Commons