George W Bush comes in last in an admittedly small popularity contest: former presidents who are still alive. The CNN poll shows that he's the only one who fails to crack 50% in "favorable" views among the public. The results:
- George W Bush: favorable, 43%; unfavorable, 54%
- Bill Clinton: favorable, 66%; unfavorable, 31%
- George HW Bush: favorable, 59%; unfavorable, 34%
- Jimmy Carter: favorable, 54%; unfavorable, 30%
"Don't be surprised if the Obama campaign mentions the name of George W Bush at every opportunity, and don't be surprised if that strategy works," says CNN's polling chief. "And the mention of Bush's name appears to prompt at least a few people to take a more positive view of their current financial situation."