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POSTED: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 9:27am

Poll: Americans starting to like George W. Bush

For the first time since 2005, more Americans have a favorable view of former President George W. Bush than an unfavorable view.

According to a new Gallup poll released Tuesday, 49% have a positive opinion of the two-term Republican president, while 46% feel the opposite.

The survey was conducted entirely before reports emerged last week of U.S. government surveillance programs, some of which began under the Bush administration.

As time goes by, presidents generally see their numbers improve the longer they are out of office. Gallup numbers show presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton all had favorable ratings over 60% when last measured.

Bush has largely stayed out of the limelight since leaving the White House, but he gained a more public profile in April and May with the opening of his presidential library in Dallas.

The new Gallup poll results mark a stark contrast from January 2009, when the 43rd president left office with a favorable rating of 40% and an unfavorable rating of 59%. Two months later, the gap widened to 35% favorable and 63% unfavorable.

Since mid-2010, his favorable ratings have hovered around the mid-40s, while his unfavorable rating gradually decreased to 46% from 53%.

Breaking it down further, Bush has seen improvement among independents and both political parties. Twenty-four percent of Democrats view him in a positive light, according to the new survey, compared to 10% in January 2009. Republicans saw a 14 percentage point jump, with 84% now having a positive opinion of Bush.

The biggest increase came among independents. While 29% gave him a favorable rating in 2009, that number now stands at 46%.

The Gallup results fall in line with a CNN/ORC International Poll released in late April, shortly before Bush's library dedication ceremony. Those results indicated the number of people who believed Bush's presidency was a failure had significantly dropped (by 13 percentage points) since he left office.

Gallup surveyed 1,529 adults by telephone from June 1 to June 4. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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Heck no, he is the one that screwed up the economy in the first place, every year he was in office the economy got worse and the war for oil did not help matters either, not to mention the patriot act which made the constitution and the bill of rights null and void. No I don't miss the idiot one little bit and I will not miss the Antichrist in office now either.

Media, desperate and in damage control mode for the lie of omission perpetrated on the American public by it's silence on the NSA , now wants to reassure that America is a two party democracy with this "pull the wool " propaganda "George Bush wasn't so bad". Bush was the same puppet that Obama is, that Clinton was. Bush's war for lucre in Iraq disguised as a search for WMD's is identical to Obama's invasion of Libya without the American troops who were deployed in Afghanistan guarding opium.

NO !!!!! YOU WERE THE LARGEST JOB KILLER THIS COUNTRY HAS KNOWN IN THE LAST 60+ YEARS.

Obama, focused like a laser beam on what you say and who you know.

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