Washington: As he begins promoting his
new memoir "Decision Points," former US President George W
Bush receives a 44 per cent favorable rating from Americans,
an opinion poll has said.
This is up slightly from a 40 per cent favorable
rating in January 2009 when he left office, but far below the
87 per cent he received in the aftermath of the September 11,
2001, terrorist attacks, reported the Gallup polls.
Bush`s image in the eyes of Americans has been through
sweeping changes over the past 11 years, encompassing one of
the largest ranges in favorable ratings in Gallup`s history.
Gallup said Bush remains a highly polarizing figure in
American society, with an 87 per cent favourable rating among
Republicans nationally, and an almost mirror-image 85 per cent
unfavourable rating among Democrats.
Independents are more negative than positive.
Bush has maintained a low-visibility lifestyle in
Dallas, Texas, since leaving the White House, giving few
interviews and making only the occasional public appearance.
Now, the publication of his memoir has required the
president to resume a more public existence.
In the time-honoured tradition of publishers` demands
for authors of books that involve multimillion-dollar
advances, Bush is making the rounds of high-visibility talk
shows, including the "Today Show," "The Oprah Winfrey Show,"
and "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," and is giving extensive
It remains to be seen how this visibility, plus the
impact of the book itself, will affect Bush`s image in the
eyes of Americans in the weeks and months ahead, Gallup said