More People Like Bush Than Dislike Him For First Time Since 2005

Discussion in 'Politics' started by JamesL, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. JamesL


    For the first time since 2005, more Americans view President George W. Bush positively than negatively.

    A new Gallup poll released Tuesday found that 49 percent of people view the former president favorably and 46 percent unfavorably. Bush left office in January 2009 with 40 percent of Americans viewing him favorably and 59 percent viewing him unfavorably.

    His highest approval rating came immediately after the September 11, 2000 terrorist attacks when 87 percent of Americans approved of the job he was doing. His lowest approval rating of 32 percent came as gas prices soared and the economy spiraled into recession in 2008.

    Bush has kept a relatively low profile since leaving office as an unpopular president, but recently reemerged into the public eye with the April opening of his presidential library at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

    The survey polled 1,529 adults in the United States and has a margin of error of 3 percent.
  2. That's a scary sign about weaknesses in the US education system. Bush has almost zero popularity outside of the US.
  3. So the Socialists in Europe and the muslim terrorists in the Middle East don't like him?

    Hmmmm, maybe Bush isn't so bad after all.
  4. jem


    just as bush made bill clinton look better, now obama is making bush look great.
  5. No, you don't get it, one doesn't have to be socialist or muslim to understand what a joke Bush was and the damage he did to the world.

    But again, thank you for highlighting how he got elected. America has massive gun violence ( rapidly getting out of control ), very high unemployment ( historically speaking ), and is having a hard time understanding what is happening. Some of this is a legacy of an underperforming education system and unsuitable political system that leads to charismatic type leaders lacking skills being elected. Once elected they can do great damage.

    Are you truly proud listening to Bush speak that he was your elected leader twice ? Is he the best that America can do out of 300 million people ?

    I hold hope that America is better then this, but when I see the shit being posted by Americans on here about their country maybe a lot more pain is coming to America before it gets better.

    I feel badly for the families of young people who were shipped off to Iraq and died needlessly fighting an unnecessary war so that Bush can enjoy the spoils of his family money. I feel badly for citizens of your country that know almost anybody can walk into a local store and buy some high powered weapon to take to school or a theatre ( even people with known depression ). I feel badly for anyone who gets sick in America without proper medical insurance.
  6. That might be the perception of some ( a lot ? ) of Americans, but again, quite seriously, the rest of the world likes Obama and hates Bush. Perhaps Obama's popularity wavers over time, but its not even close for Bush.

    It might be the US press has a great deal to do with American perceptions. Prior to the Iraq War, whenever I conversed with Americans, there was an almost perverse over the top belief in what Bush was saying ( including the widespread existance of WMDs ). This could only have occurred due to massive propoganda, the other side of any debate wasn't even being seen at that point. Some people were whipped up into a frenzy like a mob.

    Those of us outside of the country aren't partisan, we aren't Republicans or Democrats, although the Republican's do seem to elect a lot of really unsuitable people. Disliking Bush is not a partisan issue, what he represented as a human being by his actions repulses me.

    I still hold hope that America can adapt and change, that there are enough smart and forward thinking people that understand the country is going into the crapper if it doesn't change. Regardless of whether Obama is an effective leader or not ( I don't deem to judge that, I don't follow it closely ), what he represented on the surface was a good thing for America.
  7. Lucrum


    My take as well.
  8. Nine_Ender is another loon from Canada.
  9. From that Gallup study:

    "The recovery in Bush's image is not unexpected, given that Americans generally view former presidents positively. Gallup's favorable ratings for Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton all exceeded 60% when last measured."

    Irrelevant poll.
  10. It's the old, devil you know adage. I cringe at the idea of what the next asshole president is going be to like. Not one, NOT ONE SINGLE PERSON on the "short list" is worth the sweat off my balls.
    #10     Jun 12, 2013