October 8th, 2010
01:10 PM ET

CNN Poll: Was Bush better president than Obama?

Americans are divided over whether President Barack Obama or his predecessor has performed better in the White House, according to a new national poll.

And a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday also indicates in the battle for Congress, Republicans hold large advantages over the Democrats among independents, men and blue-collar whites. The poll also indicates that Republicans are much more enthusiastic than Democrats to vote.

By 47 to 45 percent, Americans say Obama is a better president than George W. Bush. But that two point margin is down from a 23 point advantage one year ago.

"Democrats may want to think twice about bringing up former President George W. Bush's name while campaigning this year," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

"But that doesn't mean that Americans regret their decision to put Obama in the White House in 2008. By a 50 to 42 percent margin, the public says that Obama has done a better job than Sen. John McCain would have done if he had won. And by a 10-point margin, Americans also say that Joe Biden has done a better job than Sarah Palin would have done as vice president," adds Holland.

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  1. byron green

    Boy what a poor memory you lot have, bottom line the two Bush's screwed up every thing the older one should never started the desert storm fiasco it was an arab problem for arabs to take care and the other moron will go down as the worst president in history with his weapons of mass distruction BS.Man the billions that these two have cost America they should be jailed for life.Obama? well its gonna take a hellva lot longer then one term to fix the bush blunders I think he is doing ok he seems to be an honest and caring guy way better than the two B's so give the guy a break enough said.
    B

    October 10, 2010 at 7:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Honest Abe

    I didn't teach buttcrack insane obammie anything (doesn't appear anyone else did either. The good news is he has done more to destroy the enemies of America than anyone in our history. By the time he is out there won't be a demoncrap left in office and is should take several decades for one to get elected dog catcher. For that Mr. presiclown America is grateful.

    October 10, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Calvin

    where's the poll that ask if GOP'ers are lying when they say the Chamber of Commerce is getting non-US cash for the mid-term elections? Oh, that's right, this is CNN

    October 10, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Bob Mand

    never thought I'd end up saying that, but at least Bush didn't let people like SBT insult him...

    http://www.americantaskforce.org/daily_news_article/2010/07/14/1279080000_13

    October 20, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. camy

    This is a JOKE...President Obama is not only 1000% more man than Bush, but also 1000% better Leader. Its just that simple.

    October 22, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. RaGHead Observe

    And your point?

    October 8, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. buster

    dr, bad? jail would do you good you may get your g.e.d. degree and learn to write in english

    October 8, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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