Former President George W. Bush’s Favorability in the Positive for First Time Since 2005


George W. Bush, do you miss me yet?

According to a recent Gallup poll, former President George W. Bush has a higher favorable than unfavorable for the first time since 2005. When Bush left office in January 2009, he has a 40% favorably and 59% unfavorably. It was even worse than that one later. However, according to the most recent poll GWB has a 49% favorable and 46% unfavorable view. George W. Bush has pretty much stayed out of the public eye since leaving office and has remained quiet when it comes to politics and his successor. One has to wonder whether the current occupant of the White House will do the same. With the current state of affairs with the numerous scandals in the Obama administration, a continued poor economy, record number of Americans on Food Stamps, median household income down, and a Middle East that is on fire many Americans probably will pose the question to themselves, “Miss Me Yet?”

GWB did some things that were questionable in the eyes of conservatives and did escalate the US national debt; however, it was nothing compared to Barack Obama as he has skyrocketed the debt to out of control limits. Bush’s favorability is making a come back, but he has a long way to go. Many have said, history will be more kind to “W” as we look back on his presidency and realize he had to make many tough decisions that were important to protect America but was not popular for him.


Americans’ views of former president George W. Bush have improved, with 49% now viewing him favorably and 46% unfavorably. That is the first time since 2005 that opinions of him have been more positive than negative.

Bush has maintained a fairly low profile in the four years since he left office. However, he returned to the public eye this year with the April opening of his presidential library at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Bush left office with 40% viewing him favorably and 59% unfavorably in January 2009. That worsened to 35% favorable and 63% unfavorable in March 2009, but his favorable rating recovered to the mid-40% range by 2010.

CNN: America starting to remember “W” fondly.

Breaking it down further, Bush has seen improvement among independents and both political parties. Twenty-four percent of Democrats view him in a positive light, according to the new survey, compared to 10% in January 2009. Republicans saw a 14 percentage point jump, with 84% now having a positive opinion of Bush.

The biggest increase came among independents. While 29% gave him a favorable rating in 2009, that number now stands at 46%.

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    11 Responses to “Former President George W. Bush’s Favorability in the Positive for First Time Since 2005”

    1. Ronald J. Ward on June 12th, 2013 7:51 am

      I too prefer him much better gone.

      If only we could remove leaders who are obstructing efforts to pick up the pieces from his abject incompetence.
      SM: Agreed, can’t wait until the corrupt Obama Administration is tossed out of office and all the complicit water-carrying Democrats who care more about their power than “We the People”. Throw in a couple of progressive Republicans who have forgot what this country was founded upon.

      Who ever wins in 2016 is going to have a mess to clean up. There has been no transparency in the Obama WH and this country is much worse off than anyone realizes. This clown has done nothing but divide America, not help it. Sorry if I don’t think Socialism and “Big Govt” is the answer. We are all witness by the IRS scandal and the NSA shredding our civil liberties as to just how out of control it is.

      Before the LEFT go on their misinformed rant … who was it who thought the recording of library books was just unacceptable under “W”? Obama has taken that program and put in on steroids, much like the out of control debt.

      I can only hope that Obama and Democrats do not do irreparable damage to America.

    2. Ronald J. Ward on June 12th, 2013 10:16 am

      “Sorry if I don’t think Socialism and “Big Govt” is the answer”.

      No need to apologize as I don’t recall actually advocating a more socialized or bigger government. On the other hand, I don’t advocate Plutocracy, Social Darwinism, or a government that’s unresponsive to challenging times that threaten the very existence of the country (natural disasters, armed conflicts, unregulated corporations enjoying the freedom of dumping toxic waste in rivers at will).

      Today’s conservative and Tea Partier bloggers seem somewhat unable to rationally argue the difference. They seem to advocate ending any and all government involvement in regulations (end the EPA, OSHA, NLRB, building inspectors, etc), continue to lower corporate taxes (while some are already paying negative taxes), and actually believe that these actions will create decent paying jobs.

      And every time someone points out the negative ramifications of that thought process, they’re labeled as “socialist”, “liberals”, lovers of big government, and so on.

      The problems of today’s economy and pay gap isn’t a product of Dems or Obama but rather a result of Reps and Tea Party kowtowing to their corporate donors. The scandalmania wave is simply a distraction.
      SM: The scandals are simply a distraction? Dude, the scandals have been normal conduct of the Obama presidency coming to light of the American public.

      Sorry, but all of these scandals show that we have a too Big Government out of control and with no accountability.

      I would ask you a question, what do you think is worse … an unregulated corporation (which does not exist) or an unregulated and government that is free to do a damn thing against the America people and shred the US Constitution?

      I would say the latter.

    3. Tamikosmom on June 12th, 2013 11:28 am


      GWB’s entire “Islam is Peace” speech
      September 17, 2001

      Palestinians Celebrate 9/11 Attacks on US

    4. Tamikosmom on June 12th, 2013 11:37 am

      I can only hope that Obama and Democrats do not do irreparable damage to America.


      … along with the support of many Progressive (RINO) senators and congressmen who deceptively ran for office under the Republican banner.

      “The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

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    6. mc on June 12th, 2013 1:58 pm

      What gets me are the libtards who STILL blame GW for our current state of affairs.

      Hello…it’s 2013 and GW has been gone for 5 years now.

      I am a registered independent voter, and I did not favor GW getting us involved in Iraq in ’03. Having said that, the total clustersuck the current occupier in the WH has gotten us into is leaps and bounds, no–MAGNITUDES beyond what mistakes GW may have made.

      Obama is slowly, but surely pushing this nation over the edge, between his deliberate mismanagement of the country, his refusal to attend to our national debt, his insistence on favoring Muslims over our traditional ally Israel, and his desire to see millions more illegal aliens settled into this country. While I write this, the United States is already quietly sending troops to Jordan to fight with/against(?) the Syrian rebels–as if we really, really needed to get involved in another conflict in the Middle East where, other than Israel, we really have no friends.

      At one point I thought the man was merely a clueless idiot. I now believe he is a traitor who intends to subvert entire idea of what the United States stands for.

    7. PaMom on June 12th, 2013 2:25 pm

      A day hasn’t gone by when I don’t miss him.

    8. Tamikosmom on June 12th, 2013 5:09 pm

      What is wrong with this picture?

      Obama Finally Gets Some Love… From George W. Bush
      November 9, 2010

      George W. Bush sat out the 2008 presidential race, and the 2010 midterms.

      But now that the voting is done, we’ve got a sense of what the former president thinks about the man who replaced him.

      In his 497-page memoir, Decision Points, Bush heaps praise on Barack Obama. …

      In Decision Points, Bush praises Obama’s “smart, disciplined, high-tech campaign to get his young supporters to the polls.” He writes that: “On election night, I was moved by images of black men and women crying on TV. Barack Obama had campaigned on hope, and that was what he had given many Americans.”

      Ultimately, argues Bush, Obama represented the future while McCain was the face of the past. “Like Dad in 1992 and Bob Dole in 1996, John McCain was on the wrong side of generational politics,” argues Bush. “Electing him would have meant skipping back a generation. By contrast, 47-year-old Barack Obama represented a generational step forward.”

    9. Ronald J. Ward on June 12th, 2013 7:52 pm

      funny monitoring.
      SM: Not funny as you automatically assume conspiracy, but we all know what happens when one assumes. Your comment got caught in the spam.


    10. Ronald J. Ward on June 14th, 2013 4:58 pm

      SM, your rhetorical question: “which is worse … an unregulated corporation (which does not exist) or an unregulated and government that is free to do a damn thing against the America people and shred the US Constitution” reminds me of that childhood joke about the body parts arguing over which is most important. The brain gave a compelling argument while the heart stated it’s case. When the asshole gave it’s take on importance, it was promptly laugh at by the others. To prove the point, it shut tight until the rest of the parts became inoperative.

      So yes I agree the government needs oversight and it needs to stay within the laws and regulations. You still for some reason seem to imply that
      corporations should be exempt. Either you support government regulatory agencies or you don’t.

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