Seeing how well it worked out for them to run against then-President George W. Bush in ’06 and ’08, Democrats are hoping to repeat that strategy this fall.
Well, now Public Policy Polling, a Democratic polling firm, has found that in a matchup with his successor, W. is within in the margin of error:
Americans are now pretty evenly divided about whether they would rather have Barack Obama or George W. Bush in the White House. 48% prefer Obama while 46% say they would rather have the old President back.
Pretty astounding numbers given W’s unfavorables when he left office. Pollster Tom Jensen concludes, “Figuring out a way to make voters change their minds about the current President would be a much more effective strategy for Democrats than continuing to try to score points off the former one.”
I’d been wondering when W. would catch up with Obama in polling. It’s happening sooner than a lot of people expected.
(H/t: Jim Geraghty.)