George W. Bush Pulls Even With Obama in Poll
Current president used to have a 23-point edge
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2010 6:20 PM CDT
George W. Bush hugs President Barack Obama after Obama was sworn in at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, in this Jan. 20, 2009, file photo.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)

(Newser) – A CNN poll is getting some buzz today because respondents put Barack Obama and George W. Bush in a statistical dead heat on the question of who's the better president. Obama edged Bush 47% to 45%, but it's a far cry from the 23-point margin he held a year ago. It could mean that Democrats will be less likely to pull out the Bush references as the midterms enter crunch time, says the network's polling director.

Other findings:

  • People say that Obama has done a better job than John McCain would have (50-42). It's about the same spread for Joe Biden over Sarah Palin.
  • 45% approve of the overall job Obama's doing, up 3 points from last month, while 52% disapprove.
  • 52% would vote for a generic Republican on the ballot, 45% for a Democrat. That 7-point spread is down 2 points from last time.