George Bush Ties Barack Obama In Public Approval: Poll : It's All Politics President Obama used to have a large lead in voter approval over his predecessor, George W. Bush. No more. In a recent Gallup/Opinion Research poll, he was tied with Bush on the question, who was a better president.
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George Bush Ties Barack Obama In Public Approval: Poll

A lot of voters would apparently answer the question yes. By Bob Collins/Minnesota Public Radio hide caption

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By Bob Collins/Minnesota Public Radio

Remember that billboard with the photo of President George W. Bush and the message: "Miss Me Yet?"

Apparently, a lot more Americans today would answer that question "yes" than would have answered it that way a year ago.

According to a CNN/Opinion Research poll, respondents to a survey this week were essentially split on the question of who was a better president, Barack Obama or George W. Bush.

Unfortunately for Obama, he was essentially tied with Bush on that question, 47 percent to 45 percent.

A year ago, Obama had a 23-percentage point lead on that question over Bush.

Actually, perhaps voters weren't saying that they missed Bush as much as they were saying that they perceive Obama as no better than Bush.

Another interesting finding: as much as Obama has fallen in the public's estimation, voters still think he's a better president than John McCain would've been — 50 percent to 42 percent.

That was good news for the White House, as was the finding that Vice President Joe Biden still had some daylight between his approval ratings and former Vice President Dick Cheney's. The Oct. 5-7, 2010 survey found Biden at 47 percent compared to Cheney's 42 percent.