11.07.2009

OUCH: Even a Majority Of Southerners Say Obama Is "Better President" Than Bush

Not your father's Confederacy.

All in all, do you think Barack Obama has been a better president than George W. Bush, or do you think Bush was a better president than Obama has been?

South:

Obama better: 50%
Bush better: 39%

As Greg Sargent reports, even a Majority Of Southerners Says Obama Has Done Better Job Than Bush:

This finding from the new CNN poll is buried deep in CNN’s article, but it’s striking. According to the network’s polling director, Keating Holland, the internals show that a majority of southerners thinks Obama has done a better job than native son Bush:

Fifty-seven percent say Obama has been a better president than George W. Bush; only a third say Bush’s track record was better.

“Compared to Obama, Bush does fairly well among southerners and rural voters. But even in those categories, a majority still says Obama has done a better job than Bush,” says Holland.

Obama’s numbers have generally been far worse among southerners: A recent Research 2000 poll for Daily Kos found that Obama’s favorability rating in the south is a meager 28%. Another recent survey found that a majority of southerners either don’t believe Obama was born in the United States or are not sure.

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Greg got the cross tabs a little bit after writing his original piece.

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