Opinion: George Bush and Obama presidencies now viewed about the same by Americans


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George Bush.

George Bush, that one. The 43rd president. According to president No. 44, George Bush presided over eight years of failed policies and left a huge mess that Obama has been unable to clean up, even with Joe Biden’s verbal help.

But here’s the problem. And it’s a big one: The American public is now disagreeing with Barack Obama on that issue, too. A new CNN/Opinion Research Poll shows the pair are virtually tied now in terms of approval of their presidencies.

Americans think Obama has been a better president in his 21 months than the Republican Bush in his 96 months by the second slimmest of possible margins, 47-45.


Here’s the even worse news for the Democratic White House:

One year ago when the country had known Obama for only nine months as president, he lead Bush by 23 points. As in nearly 12 times today’s tiny margin.

So, the longer Obama’s in the Oval Office, the closer the two men have become in the eyes of their countrymen.

The survey also found that in congressional races for the Nov. 2 midterm elections, Republicans hold large advantages among men, independents and blue collar whites, once a key part of the Democratic base.

Republicans also hold a large lead in terms of enthusiasm to vote.

CNN’s Polling Director Keating Holland had some unsolicited advice for the president’s party mates running scared these last 25 campaign days: ‘Democrats may want to think twice about bringing up former President George W. Bush’s name while campaigning this year.’

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-- Andrew Malcolm

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