Poll Finds Nostalgia For Bush
By CQ-Roll Call Staff | April 15, 2010 8:58 AM |
President Obama just passed another milestone: His popularity is polling behind that for his predecessor, George W. Bush, according to a Public Policy Polling survey taken April 9-11.
When asked to state their preferences for president, 46 percent chose Obama, and 48 percent picked Bush, according to the PPP poll.
The culprit appears to be the health care law. Fifty percent of respondents to the poll say they oppose it, while 45 percent support it. Fifty-three percent want it repealed, while 40 percent would oppose that.
If the 2012 election were to be held today, Obama would have a tight race on his hands with 45 percent saying he would be re-elected and 44 percent saying he wouldn't.
The poll sample was evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans and between men and women.
"George W. Bush's approval ratings were horrid his final few years in office because even a decent number of Republicans and conservative leaning independents were unhappy with him," said PPP President Dean Debnam. "Now those folks wish they could have him back over Obama."
The poll is based on automated telephone interviews with 622 registered voters nationwide and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.