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Polling numbers show President Obama now as unpopular as Bush

President Obama holds a press conference after receiving the news of Nelson Mandela's death.

President Obama holds a press conference after receiving the news of Nelson Mandela's death.

 (CNN) — My, how the times have changed.

In January 2009, as President George W. Bush was days away from leaving the White House, the unpopular President’s favorable rating stood at 35% in a CNN/ORC International survey. The man who was succeeding him, Barack Obama, was fresh from his historic 2008 presidential election victory and had a 78% favorable rating among Americans.

But a new CNN/ORC International poll released Thursday indicates a milestone of sorts: Obama is now as unpopular as Bush. Fifty-one percent have an unfavorable view of Bush; 51% feel the same way about Obama. Obama’s favorable rating is now at 47% — a new low for him, and virtually identical to Bush’s 46% favorable rating, a significant improvement over his 2009 numbers.

Obama started out strong, but as many predicted, the public’s love affair with Obama faded as reality set in. Obama dealt with the severe recession plaguing the nation and pushed for controversial proposals such as the federal stimulus and health care reform. By 2010, the President’s favorable rating had dropped by double digits, although his numbers generally remained in the mid-50s throughout the 2012 presidential campaign.

“This marks the first time in a CNN poll that a majority of Americans have an unfavorable view of Obama,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “And, at 51%, his unfavorable his higher than his favorables for the first time as well.”

As for Bush, his numbers have gradually edged up over the years since he left the White House, and is now on par with Obama.

Both Bush and Obama have much lower favorable ratings than the two men that preceded them in the White House. Sixty-eight percent of the public has a positive view of former President Bill Clinton and 58% say they have favorable opinion of former President George H.W. Bush.

Hillary Clinton’s numbers drop

Hillary Clinton’s favorable ratings have steadily dropped since she left the State Department, from 67% in March of 2013 to 59% last fall, 57% in March of this year, and now 55%.

The drop was expected, as Clinton transitioned from America’s top diplomat to potential Democratic presidential candidate.

“Secretary of State is often seen as a non-political, non-partisan kind of job, and that showed in Clinton’s favorable ratings while she ran the State Department,” Holland said. “In 2011, her favorable rating was as high as 47% among Republicans. Now that she seems to be running for office again, her favorables among Republicans have plummeted to 18%.”

The former President isn’t the only Clinton who has a higher favorable rating than his wife. Daughter Chelsea Clinton’s favorable rating stands at 59%, four percentage points higher than her mother.

As for other first ladies, both past and present: Barbara Bush stands at 71%, Laura Bush comes in at 68% and Michelle Obama has a 61% favorable rating.

The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International from May 29-June 1, with 1,003 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey’s overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

 

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13 comments

  • Becky

    All the while Congress Refuses to act under the Laws, Constitution, and documented Three separate Branches
    restraints; while allowing Contempt of Congress by those that should be prosecuted; under Laws.
    Failed Government.

  • manalishi

    So let’s analyze this for what it is. Bush bottoms out at 46% with the entire mainstream media bashing him from day 1. Bath house Barry Soertoro is at 47% with the entire mainstream media (including WTVR)in his pocket? Democrats deserve the misery and poverty they voted for. We’ll save the dignity and respect for real Americans.

    • Tammy

      you’re a jack***. good thing you’re perfect. Stop wasting your time blaming everything wrong in the world on democrats. How about you go out there and make a difference. Be the change of what you feel is wrong. Go get involved with the republican party and take some action. Oh wait, you’re all talk as I suspected. You’re just as bad as the democrats that you complain about.

  • B Addy

    The only surprising thing here is that it took so long for people to see him for what he is. It should show him in the single digits.

  • Becky

    Creditability of both The President and CNN led to their ratings. Just refuse and deny facts and they will go away
    seems to be their motto, with traditional manipulations and propagandizing.

  • Kim

    Total crap…The only reason why Obama looks like his is doing bad in the polls is because republicans shoot down EVERYTHING he tries to accomplish which makes him look like he’s not doing anything. Repubs are making it their business to make him look as bad as possible. Love the day, you wouldnt have said that if you knew presidential history. The worst presidents were before we were born.

  • Kim

    Total bologna!The only reason why Obama looks like his is doing bad in the polls is because republicans shoot down EVERYTHING he tries to accomplish which makes him look like he’s not doing anything. Repubs are making it their business to make him look as bad as possible. Love the day, you wouldnt have said that if you knew presidential history. The worst presidents were before we were born.

    • Robert Johnson

      Kim please you can not be that naive. He has and is still getting his stuff passed and THAT is what the people are finally not liking. They don’t like his governing style and his policies — has nothing to do with Republicans. Your argument is very, very old and after all these years your child like argument (someone else’s fault) no longer works. Heck even the “it’s Bush’s fault” is barely working.

      As much as Bush policies such as the Patriot Act, unfunded mandates, etc. well my dislike for Obama has far surpassed my dislike for Bush.

      I bet you believe IRS lost all those e-mails. Well let me say this….there is a law that people in the financial services business (and others) are required to keep and archive “ALL” client e-mails. Don’t you think that the Feds should have to follow the same rules?

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