President “Least Popular” meets President-elect “Most Popular” at the White House today

I know we’ve all had our fill of polls, but this latest finding from Gallup adds some perspective to the meeting of Bush and Obama today. It’s the ugly past meeting the hopeful future. And, the numbers prove it:

From Gallup:

Monday’s White House meeting between President George W. Bush and President-elect Barack Obama presents a remarkable contrast between one of the least popular two-term presidents in modern times at the close of his administration, and one of the most popular candidates to win the presidency.

According to Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Nov. 6-8, only 27% of Americans approve of the job Bush is doing as president. This contrasts with the 70% of Americans holding a favorable view of Obama.

Although this contrast between Obama and Bush is based on different measures — presidential job approval and general favorability — the ratings produced by the two typically track very closely for U.S. presidents, and thus provide a good indication of the vast popularity gap that exists between Bush and Obama.

Additionally, nearly two-thirds of Americans say they are confident in Obama’s ability to be a good president, similar to his 70% favorable reading.


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