Most say Bush a good person, but poll says history will be cruelJanuary 16th, 2009 - 11:57 am ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan.16 (ANI): A majority of Americans think outgoing President George W. Bush is a good person, but according to a Fox News poll, more than twice as many think history will not be kind to Bush.
According to the poll, 34 percent of Americans say they approve of the job he is doing and 58 percent disapprove his highest positive rating since December of 2007.
A 72 percent majority of Americans believe Bush is a good person, including an overwhelming majority of Republicans (93 percent) as well as majorities of Democrats (56 percent) and independents (74 percent).
Just over half (53 percent) think history will be cruel to Bush and 30 percent think history will be kind.
Republicans (47 percent) are more than twice as likely as Democrats (21 percent) and independents (23 percent) to think history will be kind to the outgoing president.
The average job rating for Bushs first term in office was 61 percent approval and 29 percent disapproval. For his second term, the average rating looks significantly different: 37 percent approve and 55 percent disapprove.
Overall, for Bush’’s entire presidency he has an average 51 percent approval rating.
Bush received his highest approval rating, 88 percent, in the weeks following the 9/11 terrorist attacks (November 2001), while his lowest (25 percent) came in early October 2008, after the financial crisis had begun.
Opinion Dynamics Corp. conducted the national telephone poll of 900 registered voters for FOX News from January 13 to January 14. The poll has a 3-point error margin. (ANI)
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