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Americans have a favorable view of George W. Bush for the first time in a decade

A new CNN/ORC poll has found that Americans once again have a favorable opinion of George W. Bush — more favorable, in fact, than President Obama.

Politico notes that the poll, released Wednesday, marks the first time Americans have been this keen on the former president since April 2005. Fifty-two percent of respondents said they viewed Bush favorably, compared to 49 percent for Obama. Bush also edged out Obama in disapproval numbers, 43 percent to 49 percent.

More granular numbers don't look good for the sitting president either: 52 percent of respondents agreed that things in America are "going badly;" 52 percent disapproved of how Obama is handling the economy; and 63 percent disapproved of how Obama has responded to ISIS.

The poll, conducted from May 29 to May 31 via phone, surveyed 1,025 Americans and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.