Time apparently does not heal all wounds, for former President George W. Bush remains deeply unpopular from coast-to-coast.
In fact, according to a CNN poll, Dubya is the only living ex-president with a popularity below 50%. And that may be good for President Obama.
According to the poll, released Thursday morning, 43% of people questioned had a favorable opinion of Bush, with 54% saying they had an unfavorable view of the former president. Bush's 43% favorable rating is the same as it was in 2010 in CNN polling, but is up from his mid-30's favorable rating during 2009, his first year out of the White House.
"Don't be surprised if the Obama campaign mentions the name of George W. Bush at every opportunity, and don't be surprised if that strategy works," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "And the mention of Bush's name appears to prompt at least a few people to take a more positive view of their current financial situation."
Even Jimmy Carter, a man satirically described on The Simpsons as "history's greatest monster," has a higher approval rating: 54%.