Public opinion of George W. Bush is improving

As George W. Bush’s presidential library is set to open Thursday, Americans are changing their opinion of the former president. When he left office in 2009, Bush’s approval rating was at 33 percent. A new Washington Post/ABC News survey shows Bush with a 47 percent approval rating (the same as President Obama). That is Bush’s highest approval rating since December 2005. The biggest gain was in Bush’s handling of the economy, which went from 24 percent approval in 2008 to 43 percent today. However, 57 percent of Americans still disapprove of Bush’s decision to invade Iraq.