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. larry

    Dick Chaney is not only a dipicable human being (and I use the term "human being very loosely) and ABSOLUTE WORST VP this country has ever been burdended with...even worse than Nixon under Eisenhower.

    December 22, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Retired Army in San Antonio

    I can't say that he's the worst because......well......I just never cared to study Vice-Presidents to know who the bad ones were.

    But Chaney is most definately one POOR example of a VP.

    He was a crook before he was VP, he was a crook as a VP and he undoubtably will go to his grave........crookedly!

    December 22, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. HouseDiva

    The one out of the five are either retarded, or one of Cheney's reptilian species.

    December 22, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. Diversity is the key

    Only one in five? I thought it would more like 4 in 5.........

    December 22, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. Beverly, NYC

    Who are these 34% percent who think Mr. VP F bomb was a good #2? Obviously they are Halliburton shareholders or Blackwater executives. When Cheney wasn't in the hospital for his heart he was in an undisclosed bunker leading Bush by the nose. Good is not a way to describe his 8 yrs in office!

    December 22, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. Mike

    Worst? Not sure.
    Bad? As far as properly advising the President, you bet!
    Self serving? Without a doubt!

    The world view espoused by Bush-Cheyney has been woefully naive at best. Having the biggest guns in town does not an effective leader make. This sad era of cowboys-vs-indians diplomacy needs to be put in the grave once and for all so that a more reasoned and sensible foreign policy can sprout forth.

    Not to mention that Cheyney ensured profits for his former company Haliburton, which he no doubt will return to their board of directors.

    ...and all this while hiding from public view and the media for 8 years.

    Not a heroic legacy to leave behind, in fact he may be viewed as cowardly.

    December 22, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. Jeff

    Add me to the poll. Since it is too late to impeach him, please start lining up the criminal and civil charges. And be sure that he can not destroy his records which by law are to archived. These will show his criminal intent and actions. Pursue him until his death, and posthumously. Rot in hell Cheney, or worse.

    December 22, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. Ron

    Dick Cheney doesn't care what people think of him, he never has and never will. He only cares about the smal percentage of people who back him financially. May he rest in hell.

    December 22, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. American Rose

    That 35% (34 +1) probably still believe that there are WMD in Irag.

    December 22, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. Perusing-Through

    The worst. Period.

    December 22, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. Mike

    While I'm not a fan of Cheney, I have a hard time with people judging how his term as VP relates to historical terms. Of the people who were polled, how many people could name VP's that served prior to their lifetime? I don't like the way that this poll was conducted.

    December 22, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. LIP

    Get real folks...it's not a popularity contest. Half the country is Democrats and they aren't going to like him no matter what he does.

    December 22, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Terry B.

    The other 4 out of 5 needs to get on board with the 1 in 5.... Cheney has been a bigger train wreck than Bush. Ever wondered why they always kept in hiding in that "undisclosed location" all the time?

    December 22, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  14. Polar Bears Against Palen

    I'd like to know who the losers are that actually think Cheney was a decent vice-president. He's not even a decent human being. I'm so glad the right-wing scumbags got voted out of office this past November.

    December 22, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. THE OLD TIMER

    Cheney did all right,,, you people are on a witch hunt as usual...Cheney did not puill any sh– like Bill Clinton did !!!! lay off please you people must be hurting for news

    December 22, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. Laylah

    Who is the 1% that thinks Cheney is the best vice president in history? Beezelbub and Lucifer? Rasputin and Machiavelli?

    December 22, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. obama-mama

    Should have been 5 in 5....He just looks hateful.

    December 22, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. Justin P

    The worst VP, is an Understatement, How about SATAN

    December 22, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  19. debbie

    I have always thought this man was purely evil. His rotten heart is evidence of his...well rotten heart.

    December 22, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. Cindy

    What about Spiro Agnew, Nixon's VP? He resigned before Nixon.

    December 22, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  21. Nathan,

    One in five thinking Cheney is the worst Vice President in history is not an unusually high number since he is the sitting Vice President. I think history will show that he is one of the worst public officials in the history of the nation. This man has no regard for the law or human decency. He dosen't care what anyone thinks including the man who was supposed to be his boss. He knew after he was hired by Bush to look for his VP that he had someone he could manipulate and he put himself into the position. He used the VP, and the Presidency for that matter to further an agenda that he had been harboring for decades. He didn't care that times had changed. Watching this criminal ride off into the sunset is only a plus in trying to get America back to what the rest of the world loved about us. Even tho America has always done things that weren't always above board we were always looked to for our sense of fairness, a decency that was never seen in other world powers and a conscious knowledge of right and wrong. Right didn't always win but it never let wrong go unabated. This man is a cancer on the idea of America and we'll be better when he is no longer in a position to spread his loathing of humanity around the world.

    December 22, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. Marc Yacht

    V.P. Cheney knew exactly what he did and continues to do. He may well be a criminal and has endangered this nation with his agenda. There must be accountability for his actions that cost this country so much in lives and resources and allowed corruption.

    As for Pres. Bush – he is just as responsible and accountable for the actions of his administration. Whenever I feel any sympathy for him, I look at where this country is after 8 years of his leadership – it's not a pretty sight. Pres. Elect Obama will have a lot of cleaning up to do. MJY

    December 22, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  23. Pam

    Only 1 out of 5???

    December 22, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    And who do those 4 out of 5 think was worse? Maybe Agnew? But he resigned and got out of the way, unlike Cheney. Maybe Quayle? He was a lightweight for sure, but he never really did us harm, unlike Cheney. Maybe George H W Bush? This one is a possibility.....he had to be the one spearheading the Iran/Contra thing because Reagan was already losing some of his ability to stay on top of things. But I still have to give the nod to Cheney. The nickname Darth Vader doesn't do him justice. I think Darth at least had a soul before he went to the dark side.

    December 22, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. Anna

    just 1 in 5, wow, but I thought he is worst not only as VP but human in history. Atleast I feel sorry for Bush, but Dick looks like a criminal, seriously.

    December 22, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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