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George W. Bush is the most unpopular living ex-President: poll
New York Daily News ^ | June 7, 2012 | Meena Hart Duerson

Posted on 06/08/2012 11:12:19 PM PDT by WilliamIII

George W. Bush has stepped out of the public eye since leaving office, but absence hasn't made the nation’s heart grow fonder.

The 43rd President of the United States is the most unpopular living former president, a CNN/ORC International poll has found, as only 43% of people surveyed said they had a favorable opinion of him and 54% viewed him unfavorably.

The negative rating puts Bush far behind his fellow living ex-Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Dubya’s father, George H.W. Bush.

Clinton nabbed a 66% favorable rating, Carter scored a 54% rating, and 59% of those polled said they had a positive view of Bush Sr.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012polls; bush43; georgewbush; leader; presidentbush; presidents; w; zot
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I personally would rate Carter way below Bush. But I consider Bush the worst REPUBLICAN president since Hoover, and probably the second or third worst Republican president ever.
1 posted on 06/08/2012 11:12:30 PM PDT by WilliamIII
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To: WilliamIII

Scratch that. Nixon was down there, too — among the bad Republican presidents, I mean.

The best Republican presidents: Reagan, Lincoln, Coolidge, Eisenhower, McKinley, and yes - Harding (a free market pro-liberty president).


2 posted on 06/08/2012 11:14:32 PM PDT by WilliamIII
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To: WilliamIII

I think he should be above all three: Carter, Clinton and George H.W. Bush.


3 posted on 06/08/2012 11:15:19 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: D-fendr

He gave us the worst recession since the Great Depression. That’s why people can’t stand him. And he gave us the most deficit spending ever — until Obama came along. That’s why this conservative can’t stand him and his “compassionate” conservatism.

Oh yes, he’s also the reason Barak O. is president - people were reacting to Bush’s recession and his disastrous presidency.


4 posted on 06/08/2012 11:19:22 PM PDT by WilliamIII
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To: WilliamIII

When did Carter and Clinton pass away?


5 posted on 06/08/2012 11:19:49 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: MacMattico

When did Carter and Clinton pass away?

The shameful thing is that Bush’s spending made those two liberals look like pikers.


6 posted on 06/08/2012 11:22:42 PM PDT by WilliamIII
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To: WilliamIII

And W failed to control the border plus he left Afghanistan half finished to push the country into a disastrous counterproductive failure in Iraq. Sometimes I wonder if W was Osama’s biggest asset.


7 posted on 06/08/2012 11:24:34 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: WilliamIII
Oh yes, he’s also the reason Barak O. is president - people were reacting to Bush’s recession and his disastrous presidency.

Conservatives were reacting to congressional Rinos also.

8 posted on 06/08/2012 11:24:50 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: WilliamIII

Idiots like Dodd and Frank gave us the worst recession since the Great Depression. This set the stage for the great Messiah, Greek columns and all.


9 posted on 06/08/2012 11:25:42 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: WilliamIII

what a load.

Carter is the biggest loser

I love Bush.


10 posted on 06/08/2012 11:28:31 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: WilliamIII
I still think Carter is the worst, Obama soon to be!
11 posted on 06/08/2012 11:28:40 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: WilliamIII

It was a giant game of chicken. the Democrats would always castigate the Republicans for exercising fiscal restraint, so Bush said, fine, you cut it then, I won’t. And avoided the old routine of “the Republicans let granny eat dog food” but the Democrats wouldn’t cut a thing, they knew their constituency wouldn’t put up with it. So the deficits are equally the Dems fault.


12 posted on 06/08/2012 11:31:42 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: WilliamIII

Damn Meena, Project Much?

Your Little Dictator is falling on his ASS over and over. The loyalty to the “PARTY” is disgusting.

Wipe your ass, empower people through positive hard work and watch the results. I’ll bet you are a liberal arts major.


13 posted on 06/08/2012 11:33:25 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: WilliamIII

Why should I give a damn what you think about GW Bush? ....Is it imperative that Bush haters post this crap ?
What exactly do you gain from it?


14 posted on 06/08/2012 11:34:28 PM PDT by woofie (It takes three villages and a forest of woodland creatures to raise a child in Obamaville)
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To: WilliamIII; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; NFHale; Impy; ...

There are still some who still think that trying to re-write the GWB legacy will bring something good. It won’t.
He was a disaster and it’s long over-due to fire Boehner and McConnell too.

At least he stays away from the camera, I respect him for that.

Unfortunately I don’t think Romney learned the lesson.


15 posted on 06/08/2012 11:34:49 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is a liberal. Just watch him closely try to screw us.)
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To: woofie
When GW Bush took office in a recession there were 138 million people working at the end of his term 144 million people where working. After three years of Obama 142 million people are in the work force.
16 posted on 06/08/2012 11:37:42 PM PDT by wmap
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To: woofie
When GW Bush took office in a recession there were 138 million people working at the end of his term 144 million people where working. After three years of Obama 142 million people are in the work force.
17 posted on 06/08/2012 11:37:52 PM PDT by wmap
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To: WilliamIII
If history teaches that TARP was a success then Bush's administration put it into place. If the US continues with the Bush policies of protecting us from radical Islam than the Bush administration is a success.
18 posted on 06/08/2012 11:42:11 PM PDT by wmap
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To: WilliamIII
If history teaches that TARP was a success then Bush's administration put it into place. If the US continues with the Bush policies of protecting us from radical Islam than the Bush administration is a success.
19 posted on 06/08/2012 11:42:22 PM PDT by wmap
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To: WilliamIII
If history teaches that TARP was a success then Bush's administration put it into place. If the US continues with the Bush policies of protecting us from radical Islam than the Bush administration is a success.
20 posted on 06/08/2012 11:42:22 PM PDT by wmap
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To: wmap

Thank God abortion is rampant and keeping those numbers down!!

I apologize to those that understand for the first time that God and Government are not equal.


21 posted on 06/08/2012 11:45:10 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: WilliamIII

Wait a few months.


22 posted on 06/08/2012 11:45:39 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: woofie
Why should I give a damn what you think about GW Bush? ....Is it imperative that Bush haters post this crap ?

What exactly do you gain from it?

Exactly, the Bush bashing is looking pretty stupid after 3 1/2 years.

23 posted on 06/08/2012 11:49:05 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: WilliamIII
This poll had nothing to do with which president had the best policies.

The reason W is the most unpopular is because he still refuses to defend himself or his record. Obama, Pelosi and the Dems know this, so they can use him as a punching bag for whatever suits their purpose. It drives me crazy, but Bush refuses to engage in the debate.

24 posted on 06/08/2012 11:49:54 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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Let me clarify, I am sorry that we let the minions of Satan get as far as they have. This is the land of LIFE, Liberty, and the PURSUIT of happiness. Get over it commies. Go get it.


25 posted on 06/08/2012 11:51:49 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: WilliamIII

Lol


26 posted on 06/08/2012 11:55:12 PM PDT by wardaddy (the GOP are cowards)
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To: sickoflibs
At least he stays away from the camera, I respect him for that.

Me too. There is a lot to respect about W on a human level. And I trusted Bush's sentiments more than I do his successor. Sadly, W's judgments were too often very wrong. He played right into Osama's hands with his Iraq decision.

27 posted on 06/08/2012 11:55:28 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: WilliamIII

The Democrats made attacking the next Republican President after the impeachment of Clinton a top priority in order to show the American voters the consequences of attacking Democrats. RINOs seeking bipartisan cooperation let Bush down during his first term and since Jan 2007 Pelosi and Reid and the Democrats controlled the budget / spending via “continuing resolutions”......till today. Add the complete compliance by the media in misreporting Bush and you have the formula for swaying a misinformed public, ergo, Barack Obama.
I did not agree with some of Bush’s domestic policies but I consider him one of our great presidents, certainly better than Clinton, Nixon, Johnson or Kennedy.


28 posted on 06/08/2012 11:58:41 PM PDT by Dapper 26
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To: WilliamIII

I guess it would be easier simply to count the good Presidents, you might get 10.


29 posted on 06/09/2012 12:07:42 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: WilliamIII
On the other hand, the monster was elected twice.


30 posted on 06/09/2012 12:08:14 AM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Each Bush led to a Democrat getting conrol of the WH.


31 posted on 06/09/2012 12:08:52 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: WilliamIII

I blame the dems for most of that, particularly the economics. Red line legislation, Fannie Mae - bad loans forced, off loading risk necessary to derivatives, yada, yada.

Obama was a fluke, a perfect storm.

Bush did well in most areas, a few bad ones. Certainly better than Carter and HW and Clinton - remember China?

Bush got the blame for economy and a war-weary populace.

IMHO, of course.


32 posted on 06/09/2012 12:10:51 AM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: wmap

TARP was a disgrace and anti-Free Market, no less then the New Deal was.


33 posted on 06/09/2012 12:10:51 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: WilliamIII
Oh yes, he’s also the reason Barak O. is president - people were reacting to Bush’s recession and his disastrous presidency.

I don't think that was all of it. There were tons of Conservator-than-thou types who voted for Obama to teach the Republicans a lesson. We can think them and the Perotistas for Democrat presidents. (And some of the latter still continue to insist they are not to blame.)
34 posted on 06/09/2012 12:12:24 AM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: fortheDeclaration

I would turn my attack to the 5th estate. After Reagan we have been in a liberal free fall. I thank my lucky stars that he was my CIC. The press is more than capable of getting anyone elected.


35 posted on 06/09/2012 12:13:51 AM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: WilliamIII

George W Bush - Pre-9/11

36 posted on 06/09/2012 12:14:43 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance

37 posted on 06/09/2012 12:20:28 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: WilliamIII
“When asked in the survey whether they are better or worse off than they were four years ago, Americans are split, 44% to 43%. But when asked whether they are better or worse off than they were four years ago “when Bush was president,” a small gap opens - 47% say they are better off compared to 41% who say they are worse off.”

What is interesting is that the people admit they were better off 4 years ago but when they add President Bush's name to the polling question they somehow change their minds. Sounds like they polled people who bought into all the Bush bashing from the MSM and the democrats you know the same people who say that Obama can't control the economy or gas prices yet Bush was the root of all the countries ills and is responsible for everything.

I was better off 4 years ago and I wish they would have polled me. Bush was not perfect by any measure but he is 100% better than the piece of crap we have in office now in my opinion.

38 posted on 06/09/2012 12:26:08 AM PDT by funfan
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To: Colonel Kangaroo; Liz; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; calcowgirl; Gilbo_3; Impy; ...
RE :”He played right into Osama’s hands with his Iraq decision

Yes, I agree 100%

I did not fully understand that until late 2006. GWB was forced to spend his whole second term trying to clean up that mess while Obama and Pelosi pounced and took over everything.(except he found time for his failed amnesty push in 2007.)

Yet the Republican Koolaid was so strong that many here were still repeating the Republican talking points in 2009 and early 2010, 2011 not very much.

Even today when I point out how a POTUS (even an R one) cannot leave a complete disaster behind and still be a success I still get those worn out lame excuses, and the same folks laugh at Obama's lame excuses.

39 posted on 06/09/2012 12:34:32 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is a liberal. Just watch him closely try to screw us.)
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To: WilliamIII

40 posted on 06/09/2012 12:52:57 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Dallas59

41 posted on 06/09/2012 1:00:52 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: WilliamIII

W never met an authorization bill he didn’t like.


42 posted on 06/09/2012 1:01:14 AM PDT by Catmom
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To: WilliamIII

Someone that has studied and appreciates Harding!

Kudos. Harding actually abolished discrimination in D.C. after the liberal racist Wilson assigned separate toilets & washrooms for the “colored”.

I agree with your choices.

Blessings, Bobo


43 posted on 06/09/2012 1:16:49 AM PDT by bobo1
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Yeah, but there was such a weapon as a “veto”.

Blessings, Bobo


44 posted on 06/09/2012 1:20:23 AM PDT by bobo1
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To: WilliamIII

Yes, I automatically trust any poll sponsored by CNN. They have no bias or agenda whatsoever, especially during an election year. /s


45 posted on 06/09/2012 1:26:37 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: WilliamIII

Among the worst presidents, Carter is the king.

Blessings, Bobo


46 posted on 06/09/2012 1:27:56 AM PDT by bobo1
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To: WilliamIII

The USA is going to hell in a handbasket in every conceivable way.

Any nation where the evil rapist scumbag Bill Clinton has 66% popularity, deserves what it is going to get.

I still can’t wait until Bill Clinton dies from his STDs so I can piss on his grave, and he damn well better not be buried in Arlington. I can’t piss on his grave in Arlington.


47 posted on 06/09/2012 1:51:08 AM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (REPEAL OBAMACARE. Nothing else matters.)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
LOL!I forgot about that. I wonder if he'll wear a toga this time around.


48 posted on 06/09/2012 2:27:41 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Some day our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: WilliamIII

I would put Lincoln dead last myself.


49 posted on 06/09/2012 2:48:35 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: WilliamIII

Are they kidding?? Carter was HANDS DOWN the worst EX president! (Obama will take that place of honor as soon as he is booted out of the White House in November). Bush’s disastrous last two years were the result of a democrat-controlled congress.

Bush is a good man. He might not have been the best president, but he loves his country and our military. He has far more class than Carter, Clinton and, especially, Obama.


50 posted on 06/09/2012 3:19:02 AM PDT by sneakers (Go Sheriff Joe!)
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