Most Democrats now have a favorable view of former President George W. Bush, according to a new poll.
The Economist/YouGov poll published Tuesday found 51 percent of adults who identify as Democrats have a favorable opinion of Bush, compared to 42 percent who view the 43rd president unfavorably.
Overall, 53 percent of adults polled have a favorable opinion of Bush, compared to 37 percent who have a negative opinion of him.
Americans' view of Bush has improved since he left office in 2008, and among Democrats, his favorability jumped between March 2009 and June 2017, according to a Gallup poll from earlier this year.
Gallup found just 10 percent of Democrats had a favorable opinion of Bush in March 2009, and 33 percent of Democrats viewed Bush favorably in July 2016. By June 2017, the former president's image among Democrats improved again, as his favorable rating among Democrats rising to 41 percent.
The most recent shift in Democrats' attitude toward Bush documented by the Economist/YouGov poll follows a speech the former president delivered in New York City last week, during which he offered a veiled rebuke of President Trump.
"We've seen nationalism distorted into nativism, forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America," Bush said. "We see a fading confidence in the value of free markets and international trade, forgetting that conflict, instability and poverty follow in the wake of protectionism. We've seen the return of isolationist sentiments, forgetting that American security is directly threatened by the chaos and despair of distant places."
The Economist/YouGov poll of 1,500 adults was conducted from Oct. 22 to Oct. 24, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.