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Bush Sees No Post-Power Legacy Bump — How Do You Feel?

President Bush said recently that Barack Obama deserved his silence. But that doesn't mean Bush deserves America's approval. Both George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are viewed unfavorably by 63 percent of Americans, a rate that mirrors their low approval ratings during their final years in power.

In fact, Bush's 35 percent approval rating isn't too far off from his all-time low of 32 percent. Bush hasn't been able to regain positive approval ratings since around July 2005, and his time out of the spotlight hasn't helped. At 30 percent, Cheney's current approval rating is even lower than all those figures.

It looks like not even Will Ferrell's Broadway show about Bush could conjure up some feelings of nostalgia in Bush's critics.


SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
Bush and Cheney are gone! [Sigh of relief]
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I wouldn't expect anyone's feelings about Bush or Cheney to change in 3 months - or ever, considering how polarized this last election was, or how this decade will end up being. *Though I would suggest that maybe 8 years is enough policy lag time [I'm no political scientist, so I'm not claiming to be an authority on this!] to at least begin to see some effects of Bush's early presidency [which I know people are going to counter with, "he was still dealing with carryover from Clinton!", and you could counter with "but Clinton had to deal with Bush Sr.'s stuff at the beginning too!" and so on] but even so - what Bush allowed and did then, it's what happened, and it has had/is having an effect on Americans.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I approved when he was president and I approve now. I dont switch sides when its popular and never will.
stephley stephley 8 years
Liberals said al-Qaeda was in Afghanistan and that by losing focus there we made a bad situation worse.
babaloo babaloo 8 years
Bush disappointed me. It's a shame he did not govern the way the Republicans are posturing themselves now. But when the same Republicans got into office they enjoyed spending just as much as Obama and his people are doing. They are all fiscal failures. What I will be interested in seeing as the years drag on is whether all these people who bash Bush on the "inheritance" he gave Obama will be as quick to condemn Obama for following the same free spending policies. This hasn't happened yet. As we move through deficits over the next 5 years double what Bush gave (us) Obama and potentially an administration that will triple our national debt, will the same outrage be applicable? I kinda doubt it but it will worth checking the hypocrisy. Iraq was a mixture of failure and success for Bush. This war was widely seen as a victory, yet unnecessary. The liberals pounded Bush on the war, saying that Afghanistan was the true battleground worth fighting for. Now the liberals have their war (despite the actual problem being Pakistan) Plus Iran. Plus North Korea. It will be interesting (scary) to watch this unfold. The liberals are actually going to get the fight they wanted all along despite Afghanistan being unwinnable. Yes unnwinnable. Russia sent over 300,000 troops in there for almost 10 years and never controlled the country. Do you really think we can do anything with 70K troops and few NATO troops that can't shoot their weapons? Nope. Careful what you wish for.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
I'm feeling more positive about Bush now that he's gone. Especially since we have a blithering, naive idiot in the white house now.
skb9850 skb9850 8 years
Don't you think we'd all be better off if we quit playing the blame game and startd trying to figure out what we need to do together?
em1282 em1282 8 years
Also, for every person who blames Bush for the mess we're in now, there is another person who is insulted and angered that Obama was elected and has not turned the world around in 3 months. So tit for tat.
em1282 em1282 8 years
Uhh, who cares? Next.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
"It's hard to forget my dislike for him when we're left with this mess because of him " That's not entirely correct. This isn't his mess, alone. Congress had a much bigger hand in this, but it's much easier to blame the person you already hate.
wren1 wren1 8 years
It's hard to forget my dislike for him when we're left with this mess because of him :mob:
Michelann Michelann 8 years
I always thought that Bush seemed like a nice guy and I liked his personality very much, but his policies were dangerous and very much at odds with my ideology for the most part. I still feel that way about him now, and I'm glad he's out of office. But I'm not pleased with his successor, obviously. But I wouldn't say my feelings about Bush have changed.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
History will tell what kind of president he was.... 3 months is not enough.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Exactly Dave.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
He's been out of office for how many months? No one knows the full effects of the benefits of his Presidency, but we are trying to blame him for every problem. Congress failed to do their job, and that's the big reason we are in this situation.
lemuse20 lemuse20 8 years
Why are we even talking about Bush? What's done is done, let's move on already!
mommie mommie 8 years
Never change my mind. He and all his incompetent cronies are the reason we are in this mess.
Gravastorm Gravastorm 8 years
The scene from the trailer for "W." with the long pull out of him screaming in the oval office. That is and always will sum up my opinion of him.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
* him
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
Why would I suddenly like thhim now that he is no longer our president? That doesn't make any sense. I did not like him then and I certainly do not like him now. The slate has not been wiped clean.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
I agree with the ladies above. And it has only been about two months that he has been out of office.
stephley stephley 8 years
Genesis is right- if you felt what he did was wrong when he was in office, that isn't going to change just because he's been gone for a couple of months.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
He did how he did. I don't know why anyone's opinion would change just because he isn't president anymore.
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