George W Bush Still Under 50% in Popularity He's the only living ex-president in that category: CNN survey By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Jun 7, 2012 3:20 PM CDT 282 comments Comments George W. Bush in 2008. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) (Newser) – 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."