Time heals Dubya’s image

Americans view former President George W. Bush more favorably than before

For the first time since 2005, more Americans have a positive opinion of former President George W. Bush than a negative opinion, according to a recent Gallup poll that found 49 percent of Americans view Bush favorably, while 46 percent have a negative view of him. When Bush left office in January 2009, 40 percent of Americans had a positive opinion of him, while 59 percent viewed him negatively. The results follow a general trend of Americans viewing former presidents positively—Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton all exceeded 60 percent approval ratings when last measured. Here’s a look at George W. Bush’s popularity going back to 2005:

Source: www.gallup.com.