Americans still really dislike Bush, Cheney

A new Gallup poll shows that the previous administration's absence hasn't made any hearts grow fonder.

Published April 3, 2009 6:00PM (EDT)

Apparently, President Obama and Vice President Biden aren't making anyone long for their predecessors, at least not yet.

For the first time since the previous administration left office, Gallup recently asked Americans about their feelings regarding former President Bush and former Vice President Cheney. The results pretty much match up with polls conducted while the two men were still in office. Bush and Cheney got the same unfavorable rating, with 63 percent of respondents saying they view each man unfavorably. Only 35 percent view Bush favorably, and Cheney's number is even lower, at 30 percent.

Actually, Bush's ratings have gotten even worse -- the last time around, 40 percent of respondents said they had a favorable opinion of him. But Gallup attributes this to "an unusual spurt in positive feelings toward Bush," saying the current numbers are more in line with the usual results.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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