December 22nd, 2008
04:04 PM ET
5 years ago

Poll: One in five think Cheney is worst VP in U.S. history

Cheney doesn’t get high marks in a new CNN/ORC poll.
Cheney doesn’t get high marks in a new CNN/ORC poll.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A new national poll suggests that one of out of five Americans think that Dick Cheney is the worst vice president in American history.

Twenty-three percent of those questioned in a CNN-Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday say that Cheney is the country's worst vice president, when compared to his predecessors. Another 41 percent feel that Cheney is a poor vice president, with 34 percent rating him a good number two.

Only 1 percent of those polled say that Cheney is the best vice president in U.S. history.

"On the Sunday talk shows, Cheney took on the job of making the affirmative case for the Bush legacy," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "But the messenger may be getting in the way of the message."

Cheney steps down as vice president on January 20. He will be succeeded by Vice President-elect Joe Biden.

He will leave office as one of the most powerful vice presidents in history. He played a crucial role in many of the Bush administration's crucial policies and was a major proponent of using and expanding executive powers.

"Cheney still has a lot of fans in the Republican party. Most Republicans nationwide said Cheney had been a good veep," Holland adds. "But six in ten independents and eight in tem Democrats gave Cheney a rating of 'poor' or 'worst ever.'"

In interviews this past weekend, the vice president said he was not troubled by polls that suggested he was unpopular and he was critical of those who spend too much time reading surveys.

The CNN/Opinion Research poll was conducted Friday through Sunday, with 1,013 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.


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soundoff (233 Responses)
  1. Adam

    Pelosi and Reid are the 2 worst Speakers and Majority leaders in History

    December 22, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Robin

    I'm a Rebublican, and I agree with this statement.

    December 22, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. Ray O'Vac

    Goodbye, Vlad the Impaler. And take your wife who writes pornographic books with you.

    December 22, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. Deanna, MS

    Perfect, it's goes along with the worst president in history. They are two peas in a pod.

    If I were Bush I would just tell everyone he was a puppet and none of the horrible acts were his idea, but Cheney's. Let Cheney take the bullet, why should George have to be the WORST PRESIDENT IN US HISTORY. His VP made all of his decisions.

    December 22, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. anonymous in Big D

    Aw come on – ya gotta like the guy! He's great!

    December 22, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. JimZ

    Just one in five? What planet have the other four been on?

    December 22, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. Ray O'Vac

    He reminds me of the cold blooded killer in No Country For Old Men. I'll bet he went to Iraq on a coin flip.

    December 22, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. Donald

    Me, and other Americans demand that this scum bag be shipped to Iraq after the inaguration to face the Iraqi people he has taken credit for "liberating". The way I see it he'll either be welcomed with open arms or hacked to death and thrown to the dogs. Frankly, I'm hoping for the latter!!

    December 22, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  9. sallydan

    It will take years to undo the harm that Cheney has caused this country.

    December 22, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. raagos

    imaaaaaaan. I knew this for last 8yrs dick cheny its worst person ever. I am gonna be so happy to see this go away leave the office

    December 22, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. Everything in Moderation

    So. I took a poll here at work, and one in five of us are scared to death of the Obama presidency and the ruin it could bring to America.

    December 22, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. BeefyDaddy

    He's an unrepentant criminal who should be in jail.

    Bush is stupid. Cheney is evil.

    December 22, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. Kevin in Ohio

    Gee, am I surprised at a headline like this on CNN? Cheney was certainly competent. Not the best, but certainly nowjhere near the worst. At least he was engaged. Liberals, keep tearing down decent hardworking men who love this country. You're probably about to experience a taste of your own hateful, vitriolic medicine.

    December 22, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  14. CM

    Cheney is the most arrogant jerk that we've had for vice-president!

    December 22, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. Claire, NY

    He was the most powerful VP in history because George W. Bush was the weakest president in history. He allowed Cheney to make his decisions and now he has to live with the consequences of being a presidential doormat.

    Cheney and Rove ran the White House and everyone knows it. They ran this country in the ground and now we are ALL suffering for it. Yes, GW will get what he deserves. He will go down in history as being the WORST PRESIDENT EVER. How's that? And Cheney will be the WORST VICE PRESIDENT EVER. The Rethugs should forget about taking back the White House. We have an outhouse for them, though and we're going to throw that in their pathetic faces every chance we get.

    The Rethugs got exactly what they wanted, the White House, The Senate and the House and they ran this country in the ground. They are the biggest phonies and they will never come back. Let's kick them all to the polictical curb.

    December 22, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. Lisa

    I think Alexander Hamilton would disagree!

    December 22, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. Wasilla Hillbilly

    Spiro T. Agnew had more honor than Chain-y. I throw my shoes at him.

    December 22, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  18. Dan, IL

    Maybe poll some republicans now?

    December 22, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. Donna from Colorado Springs

    He was the worst! Even though his title was vice-president, he was the person in charge, not Bush. Cheney actually has run this country for eight years.

    December 22, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. Cricket

    Did anyone really need a poll to tell us that???

    December 22, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. Francis, IL

    There he is, the second most hated man in America.

    December 22, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  22. Conservative James, Phoenix, AZ

    Holy Cr*p!!!! My question is: who do the other 4 Americans think was WORSE????

    December 22, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. Not Soon Enough

    Hopefully Cheney and Bush will get shoes thrown at them for the rest of their days. That's the least that should happen to them.

    December 22, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  24. Red, Red WHINE!!

    Poll: One in five think Cheney is worst VP in U.S. history

    ...........and the other four KNOW he is!

    December 22, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. Asheville

    No doubt in my mind; Cheney is no only the worst VP ever....he is just plain evil!

    December 22, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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