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Obama as unpopular as George W. Bush: poll

LiveMint logoLiveMint 13-06-2014 Lalit K. Jha

Washington: US President Barack Obama’s popularity rating hit a new low with a majority of Americans adjudging him as unpopular as his predecessor George W. Bush, a latest opinion poll said.

“Obama is now as unpopular as Bush. 51% have an unfavourable view of Bush; 51% feel the same way about Obama,” said the CNN/ORC International poll.

“Obama’s favourable rating is now at 47%—a new low for him, and virtually identical to Bush’s 46% favourable rating, a significant improvement over his 2009 numbers,” it said. “This marks the first time in a CNN poll that a majority of Americans have an unfavourable view of Obama,” said CNN Polling director Keating Holland. “And, at 51%, his unfavourable his higher than his favourable for the first time as well,” Holland added.

As for Bush, his numbers have gradually edged up over the years since he left the White House, and is now on par with Obama, CNN said. Both Bush and Obama have much lower favourable ratings than the two men that preceded them in the White House.

68% of the public has a positive view of former President Bill Clinton and 58% say they have favourable opinion of former President George W Bush. The poll also said that the favourable rating of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has dropped from 67% in March of 2013 to 59% last fall, 57% in March of this year, and now 55%.

The drop was expected, as Clinton transitioned from America’s top diplomat to potential Democratic presidential candidate, it said. “secretary of state is often seen as a non-political, non-partisan kind of job, and that showed in Clinton’s favourable ratings when she ran the State Department,” Holland said. “In 2011, her favourable rating was as high as 47% among Republicans. Now that she seems to be running for office again, her favourables among Republicans have plummeted to 18%,” Holland added.

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