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A Look Back at the Presidency of George W. Bush

President George W. Bush gave his farewell address on television last night. He leaves with low approval ratings and with a legacy that will long be remembered. To some he is a man of strong character who tried to do the right thing in difficult times. To others he is a villain. To others still he is just "misunderestimated." Behind the cut is a poll that looks back at his legacy and gives you a chance to express your feelings about the 43rd President.



Poll #1332355 Bush Legacy

How would you rate the Presidency of George W. Bush?

He was a great president, one of the 10 best ever
1(1.1%)
He was a good president
4(4.4%)
He was an average president
4(4.4%)
He was not a good president
11(12.1%)
He was a terrible president, one of the 10 worst ever
66(72.5%)
It's too early to tell
3(3.3%)
Other (what?)
2(2.2%)

What will George W. Bush be most remembered for?

September 11, 2001 and his response to it
19(21.1%)
The invasion of Iraq
58(64.4%)
Hurricane Katrina and his response to it
5(5.6%)
The financial crisis of 2008
6(6.7%)
Something else
2(2.2%)

How much credit goes to George W. Bush for the fact that there have been no more terrorist attacks on US soil since September 11, 2001?

All of the credit
3(3.3%)
Most of the credit
5(5.6%)
Some of the credit
22(24.4%)
Very little of the credit
35(38.9%)
None of the credit
25(27.8%)

Which domestic initiatives of the Bush administration do you believe were successful?

Creation of the Homeland Security Department
9(12.5%)
The US Patriot Act
0(0.0%)
Creation of the Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives
0(0.0%)
No Child Left Behind
3(4.2%)
Three pieces of tax cut legislation
0(0.0%)
Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)
1(1.4%)
The Clear Skies Act of 2003
1(1.4%)
None of the Above
44(61.1%)

Which domestic policies of the Bush administration do you believe were unsuccessful or failures?

Creation of the Homeland Security Department
0(0.0%)
The US Patriot Act
0(0.0%)
Creation of the Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives
0(0.0%)
No Child Left Behind
6(7.8%)
Three pieces of tax cut legislation
0(0.0%)
Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)
0(0.0%)
Opposition to any new embryonic stem cell research
0(0.0%)
Refusal to sign the Kyoto Protocol global warming treaty
0(0.0%)
Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
1(1.3%)
None of the above
1(1.3%)

Bush proposed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages and refused to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. He was also the first president to appoint an openly-gay man to serve in his administration. On the whole what is your opinion of Bush's record on the issue of gay rights?

It is the correct approach, being reflective of the views of mainsteam America
2(2.3%)
It is homophobic and/or anti-gay
60(68.2%)
There are both good and bad aspects of it
15(17.0%)
I'm not sure
6(6.8%)
Other (what?)
5(5.7%)

On Bush's watch, the national debt of the US increased from $4.9 trillion to $10.7 trillion. The rate of unemployment was 4.2% in January of 2001 and was 6.1% in August of 2008. Median household income has increased at a higher rate that the rate of inflation and the debt as a portion of GDP rose from 1.4% to 6.8% during his terms. How would you rate Bush at managing the economy?

Excellent
0(0.0%)
Very good
3(3.4%)
Good
0(0.0%)
Average
3(3.4%)
Bad
13(14.6%)
Very bad
11(12.4%)
Disasterous
53(59.6%)
I'm not sure
5(5.6%)
Other (what?)
1(1.1%)

Bush appointed John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court during his term. How do you rate these appointments?

Excellent
3(3.7%)
Very good
1(1.2%)
Good
2(2.4%)
Average
4(4.9%)
Bad
2(2.4%)
Very bad
2(2.4%)
Terrible
14(17.1%)
Alito was a good appointment, Roberts wasn't
2(2.4%)
Roberts was a good appointment, Alito wasn't
1(1.2%)
I'm not sure
50(61.0%)
Other (what?)
1(1.2%)

Bush was known for his misstatements and incorrect pronunciation of words and general mangling of the English language. Was this the way he really was, or was it all an act?

No, he really was that dumb
54(61.4%)
It was all an act
2(2.3%)
Some of it was real, some was an act
22(25.0%)
I'm not sure
10(11.4%)

Some historians liken Bush to Harry Truman. Both had low approval ratings at the end of their term, but history's appraisal of Truman improved significantly over time. Do you think this will happen to Bush?

Definitely
5(5.6%)
It might
12(13.5%)
Not sure
8(9.0%)
I don't think so
38(42.7%)
No way in hell
26(29.2%)

What other significant aspects of Bush's presidency haven't been discussed in this poll?

Select as many statements as you think apply:

Now that he's on his way out, I'm gonna miss him
0(0.0%)
Worst president ever!
1(1.1%)
A very under-rated and/or under-appreciated president
0(0.0%)
A very corrupt president
0(0.0%)
He doesn't deserve the amount of malice that's directed towards him
0(0.0%)
He was always too smug and arrogant
1(1.1%)
He was always well-intentioned
0(0.0%)
He was an evil man
0(0.0%)
He was a much brighter man than that media makes him out to be
0(0.0%)
I don't think that the guy is very bright
1(1.1%)
If nothing else, he kept us safe on his watch
0(0.0%)
As the result of his presidency, we are in more danger than we were before
0(0.0%)
He had a good understanding of the common man
0(0.0%)
He was very much an elitist
0(0.0%)
I don't agree with any of these.
1(1.1%)
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