Polling is Fallible

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Nov. 9 2010 3:24 PM

Polling is Fallible

A wonderful factoid from Gallup's survey that finds George W. Bush's popularity recovering very slightly since he left office:

Bush's 87% favorable rating in November 2001 is only one point below the highest favorable rating recorded for any individual since the early 1990s, when Gallup began measuring the public's images of famous people using this format. Golfer Tiger Woods (June 2000) and Bush's first secretary of state, Gen. Colin Powell (September 2002), registered 88% favorable ratings.

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Powell still looks good. Woods, less so.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.