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Poll: Romney less favorable than George W. Bush

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A new poll out this week by Bloomberg showed that Mitt Romney would lose a popularity contest to President George W. Bush, who was one of the most unpopular departing presidents in U.S. history when he left office four years ago.

Forty-three of respondents to the Bloomberg poll viewed Romney favorably, compared to 46% who said they view Bush in a favorable light. Additionally, 50% viewed Romney unfavorably, while 49% held an unfavorable view of Bush.

Romney has skirted around mentioning the former president by name along the campaign trail, going as far as to merely refer to Bush as Obama's "predecessor." 

Meanwhile, Gallup called September one of the best months for President Obama in more than year after his job approval rating consistently polled at 50% or above and registered voters favored him over Romney 50% to 44% last week.

The president is also polling ahead in nine battleground states, according to the most recent NBC News, The Wall Street Journal and Marist polling. The latest round of polls showed Obama leading Romney by seven points among likely voters in New Hampshire, and ahead within the margin of error in both North Carolina and Nevada.

The president's average percentage in these nine battleground states rank him at 49.5% compared to Romney's 44%.