Good news for President Bush: a new Gallup poll shows that the former president has a 53 percent favorability rate. In fact, all living former presidents enjoy more than 50 percent popularity, while President Barack Obama has a 47 percent favorability rating.

Even Jimmy Carter has a favorable rating of 52 percent, although 16 percent of respondents said they had no opinion. Bill Clinton leads the pack with a 64 percent favorable rating, followed by George H.W. Bush at 63 percent.

Editor’s note: This post and its headline have been amended to correctly replace “approval” with “favorability” rating. Twitchy regrets the error.

  • Mark1971

    Favorability rating and approval rating are two different things.

    • tops116 ✓Quipper

      That is true. Obama’s approval rating is even lower according to Gallup–at 41%, I believe.

  • stellatruman

    How are there still ratings on a president who is no longer in power ?
    It’s akin to telling us how well Romney does in polls. Frustrating because we are still stuck with the worst POS to ever occupy the WH

    • Dirty Dutch

      Thanks Stella. I needed to be reminded of that fact. Not.

      • stellatruman

        well, isn’t it all becoming redundant ?

        • Dirty Dutch

          Yes ma’am. It is.

    • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

      It’s the media playing at having beauty contest…

      The MSM version of two geeks arguing about who’d win,.. Batman vs. Spiderman…..

      and about as meaningful.. cause really?…. Obama’s approval on the immigration issue is 31%, I saw last night. Almost as bad on others, yet they can still get yahoos to say they like the guy even if he sucks at his job..

      Bush was always liked, but every GOP president suffers from the fact liberals cannot disagree with your politics, WITHOUT hatng your guts…

      Drives liberals cray cray…. in 2010 gallop did a poll… Reagan scored 74% approval while JFK was at 76%.. everytime they take that pol, more JFK fanboi’s die off, and the much more recent Reagan gets closer to the greatest president in modern history… they’re still outraged he passed FDR…

      Which is why now, liberals try to claim Reagan as one of theirs,. Seriously, they try and rewrite history to paint him a great unifying moderate, jes like them….. except I remember the savage sneers about that crazy old warmongering wingnut they hated so much at the time.. now they play at liking him, because the great unwashed do, unashamedly…

  • SportyGal12

    There is something wrong in this country if that criminal Bill Clinton has the highest approval rating among all former living Presidents. George H.W. Bush was a hero. Clinton was a draft dodger and pervert.

    • Mary Mommy Happy 2016!

      I agree George H.W. Bush should be in the high 80s.

    • globalcrap

      These people vote, sad.

    • numbercruncher1

      Actually it’s quite revealing. Bush 41 is credited with steady leadership despite a short recession that marred the last 18 months of his presidency. Clinton who’s timing was fantastic, with a tech boom and massive economic good fortune barely edges out bush 41. Time tends to put ex presidents in perspective…although in the case of Carter he probably benefits from the fact that a significant portion of those polls have. It one memory of Jimmy Carter, and thus can’t comprehend how horrible he really was…that said Obama is doing a good job of reminding those who fail to remember…

    • GaryTheBrave

      It’s called marketing. The PR firm that he has (we call them the MSM) comes to him constantly for “insight” into the issues of the day. Whenever 41 is seen in public he’s in his wheelchair. It makes him look more frail than Clinton therefore, in the minds of many contemporary individuals, he’s weaker.

    • Hayekguy

      I’m not highly fond of either of them, but they’re Jesus-like compared to this idiot in the oval office.

  • Informed&Concerned

    What pollsters failed to mention, the unofficial adoption of Bill Clinton by the gracious HW41 and Barbara, gave Bill that 1% credibility to trump the nicest, most competent President we have enjoyed.

    • Dirty Dutch

      Bill somehow manages to stay a line able sumbitch. But he’s still PO(TU)S.

  • conservativechick

    No matter how you cut it, this made my entire weekend! HAHA Obama approval ratings lower than Bush’s, after all the left did to bring Bush’s numbers DOWN? haha We didn’t have to do a thing, except give Obama free reign. Crash and burn! Out to party and celebrate the awakening of an ignorant Nation.. finally!

  • Dirty Dutch

    Likeable. Likeable. Sheesh!

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  • Mary Mommy Happy 2016!

    How the hell did a women harasser and sexual predator like Bill Clinton get such a high favorability rating?

    I mean the man was impeach for Pete’s sake.

    • mrspinky85

      He also gets a pass on both Doma and Don’t ask don’t tell.

      • alanstorm


        Sorry – all I got at the moment…

        • mrspinky85

          More like self hate to them.

      • Hayekguy

        Yeah he signed two laws I didn’t like at all.

        • mrspinky85

          But, he’s evolved now so he gets a pass on his past.

          • Hayekguy

            Yeah typical of Dems to get passes on positions they’ve taken in the past only switch years later and dodging tough questions on why they did.

    • alanstorm

      In short, he was lucky. He rode an economic rising tide put in place by his predecessors, by doing not much of anything to the economy. Only in the last 6 months or so did he have problems there, due to the dot-com bust. (It was enough that even political cartoonists – not generally a conservative group – noticed it.)

      I think a lot of people gave Bill a pas because, after all, it wasn’t THEM he was screwing.

  • Mary Mommy Happy 2016!

    A million liberals heads explode with rage as they find out that George W. Bush got a 53 favorability rating.

    • carmenta

      it sounds like the 4th of July over here – neighborhoods going bangbang all over the place!

      • Humanary Stew

        You live in Chicago?

        • carmenta

          not a chance…..DH wont even travel above the Mason Dixon line…..

    • alanstorm

      But is there a downside?

      Who’s going to clean that up?

      • Ms. Abigail van Beagle

        Empty vessels don’t make that big of a mess when they explode or are dropped on the floor.

    • Ms. Abigail van Beagle

      They won’t believe it anyway.

  • Alessandro Volta

    If I shit into a bag, it would have a better approval rating than Obama (and rightfully so)

    • Ms. Abigail van Beagle

      And be less corrupt.

  • yourmamatoo

    Liberal heads popping off right now.
    Love it.

    • globalcrap

      I thought they were fire crackers.

      • yourmamatoo


      • H50 ✓RAT

        I thought someone was making popcorn……

        • GaryTheBrave

          I thought it was Rice Krispies or someone opened a beer.

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Believe me, Clinton’s numbers are only relative– most people seem to recall the 90’s as halcyon days, while Bush in the 20-oh’s had two wars being waged abroad after winning an election Dems to this day believe he stole. Of course a lot of people are going to remember Billy Jeff with more fondness. I’m just glad they remember Poppy Bush so fondly. And “Jimmy Cracker– oh jeez, is he still alive?” would probably have been the first response if you’d have let people answer that way.

    • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

      And a lot of people think that Billy Jeff also “got the country out of debt” which is a lie.

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    Bush is more popular than Obama. No wonder liberals have been so irritable* today.

    *Well, more so than usual.

  • Dirty Dutch

    Tops, there is no WAY Bamsters approval can be that high if the truth is known.

  • globalcrap

    Even Elvis has a higher rating than the fraud in our American White House.

  • Cory

    Good to see America loves good ole slick willy. That boy bad.

    • ForTheRepublicOfDave

      Ye, but ur englush gud

  • numbercruncher1

    This trend will get only worse for Obama. Bush tried and succeeded in keeping America safe and provided Obama with the upper and in two theaters of battle and intellegence apparatus that lead to the killing of Osama Bin Laden. Obama is sewing the seeds to the destruction of western power and the rise of radical Islam, which in time will lead to more innocent American blood and a new War.

  • numbercruncher1

    Also noteworthy here is that likability is one of the last things to go in a failed presidency…and hardest to recover.

  • fireandreamitchell

    Clinton also has higher unfavorables than HW and Jimmy Carter. Jimmy F’in Carter!

  • Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Might want to change it on the main page too.

  • JD Son

    Maybe Bush 43 should have spoken up more according to some, but it appears his silence is paying off, as he did state that history would show him in a different light. Miss Bush 43. Obama Sucks.

    • Sean Barrentine

      I may not have agreed with every policy decision Bush 43 ever made, but at least we knew he was doing his best to do right by the American people, not just his supporters. Couldn’t ask for a more supportive and competent CIC these days.

      • carmenta

        We never doubted that 43 loved his country, and the people! No one will ever agree 100% with policy decisions – and mostly that’s a good thing because we dont know all the facts that go into making those decisions. Im okay with that. But when bammy is actively trying to destroy the nation with every step, word and appointment he makes, thats treason.
        No other word for it. Bammy is a traitor.

        • Sean Barrentine

          Which is why it comes as little surprise that he traded 5 Taliban commanders for a deserter and a traitor.

        • jaun456

          Can I add some more up votes ? :)

          • GaryTheBrave

            No! One man, one vote. (Protip: sign out and vote as Guest.)

  • Sarah

    Is it me, or is it ironic that 47% is his approval rating? Is that the same 47 that Romney referred to? My guess is probably so.

    • GaryTheBrave

      Does he realize that the ONLY popularity he has is from those that get free stuff “from him and his stash.” If that got cut off today they would hate him and everyone else in DC with a vengeance.

  • Dirty Dutch

    Is it me, or is it ironic that 47% is his approval rating? Is that the same 47 that Romney referred to? My guess is probably so.
    No Sarah. Sadly it’s true. Most people are just afraid to say it. Hey, I could win with an automatic 47% already built in.

    • junkbondtrader41

      “Favorability” and “job approval” are 2 different questions. For example, will Bill Clinton during the Lewinsky scandal, he routinely kept high job approval, but had personal “favorability” down in the 30s.

      But the 2 do get conflated, and they really shouldn’t.

  • Hotlanta Mike

    Afterburner with Bill Whittle: Le Deluge – Obama is Quickly Becoming Louis XV

    Obama is figuring that it doesn’t matter what horrendous things he does to this country, because after him will be a deluge anyway. He’s becoming entirely comparable to France’s Louis XV.

  • nc ✓s & balances

    57% of those polled think that surveys that measure percentages of favorability are highly overrated.

  • RedSoloCup

    I miss Bush.

    • DG

      I miss Laura Bush. A First-Class First Lady.

  • BoscoBolt

    Why is obama included in this poll? Are they actually trying to convince us that obama is a “president”?

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  • marssnw

    What was Reagans rating? I sure hope it was higher than Billy Boy.

    • TracyJean

      Sounds like it only measured living Presidents, so Reagan doesn’t count in this one.

  • DG

    I shudder to think what Obama’s favorability rating will look like in 10 years.

  • Zach Smith

    Obama make everyone look good — in comparison.

  • Hayekguy

    There’s a LOT of policy decisions from the Bush Administration I disagree with, but he’s fond nostalgia now that Obama is in his sixth year of office.

  • Prospector

    GWBush used the power of the United States against our foreign enemies, whereas BHObama turned the power of the United States against its own citizens. That’s the difference between these two men and their administrations.

  • The Roadster

    Each of us should recognize that, in the fight for liberty, knowledge is our most potent weapon. Arm yourself: