More Americans remember George W. Bush approvingly than negatively, according to a new Gallup survey. 49 percent of Americans view Bush favorably while 46 percent view him negatively, says Gallup.
Bush’s showing is superior to President Obama’s. The current president’s numbers, according to Gallup, are 47 percent approval and 46 percent disapproval.
I wouldn’t attribute too much meaning to these numbers. Frankly, I doubt that Bush could defeat Obama today in a real election.
Nonetheless, it’s easy to see how, in light of recent developments, Americans might look back kindly on a president who didn’t often attempt to deflect responsibility, who didn’t regularly demonize his opponents, and who almost always meant what he said.