For First Time in 8 Years, US Likes George W. Bush

Gallup favorability ratings tip into positive territory

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 11, 2013 7:09 PM CDT

(Newser) – It's a milestone any former president would love: For the first time since 2005, more Americans approve of George W. Bush than disapprove, reports Gallup. He now stands at 49-46—up 9 in the "view favorably" category and down 13 in "view unfavorably" since he left office in 2009. (He still registers only a 24% favorable rating among Democrats, 60 points below his score among Republicans.)

All the recent former presidents are at 60% favorable or above, including Bush senior at 62%. He turns 89 tomorrow, incidentally, and his foundation wants everyone to wear brights socks (and photograph them) to mark the occasion, notes the Dallas Morning News. (It's his signature style now.)

Former President George W. Bush at his new library in Texas.
Former President George W. Bush at his new library in Texas.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Former president George W. Bush waves to guests following the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center April 25 in Dallas.
Former president George W. Bush waves to guests following the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center April 25 in Dallas.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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