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. Ken

    Of the other 4 in 5: (i) 1 in 5 were miffed at the question because they were certain God had ordained Rush Limbaugh as VP for the past 8 years; (ii) 1 in 5 have been preparing for the apocalypse for years now and like what Bush/Cheney have done with the economy; (iii) 1 in 5 couldn't be bothered with the question, as they were writing letters to Sarah Palin to thank her for bravely defending us against the Soviet Union all these years; and (iv) 1 in 5 continued to be in non-responsive states of rightwing disbelief, babbling someting about a birth certificate.

    This is so much fun.........

    December 22, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Cynthia, NJ

    Definitely the worst in my lifetime.

    December 22, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Ashley

    This is a non-story. If only one in five think he is the worst V.p., then there are four others that don't. As a person with a journalism degree from a top tier journalism school, I never cease to be amazed by the non-stories on CNN that are only published because they serve the liberal-leaning agendas of journalists who come up with these 'news' items.

    December 22, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. That Other Jerry

    Just goes to show that one in five Americans have never used a history book for anything but a doorstop. The name Spiro Agnew ring any bells?

    December 22, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Ryan

    While he was a terrible V.P., how can you say he was the worst? Maybe 1 in 10,000 Americans know all the U.S. vice presidents.

    December 22, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. bob

    he is the worst in my 50 year life time. how could we and why should we look up to someone that can say publicly the use "f" word to another person. i do not respect the man at all.

    December 22, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. Ashley

    This is a non-story. If only one in five Americans think he is the worst v.p., then there are four others that don't. As a person with a degree from a top tier journalism school, I never cease to be amazed by the non-stories on CNN that are only published because they serve the liberal-leaning agendas of journalists who come up with these 'news' items.

    December 22, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. JFK

    Its that low? One thing is clear, there are 34% us that just idiots.

    December 22, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. Al Gore

    Who cares? I didn't do anything about Global Warming until I could profit from it. Cheney was just doing a lot of the dirty work for President Bush.

    Anyone that can honestly say he was an awful VP, please tell us all. what did he do that was so bad?

    December 22, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. Mike in Ca

    How about a poll about what people think of CNN constantly trying to make news and stirring thing up where there is nothing but of their making.

    December 22, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. Ex-Republican

    ...........Four out of five THINK he is the worst ever.......the other four KNOW he is!

    December 22, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. Ex-Republican

    lol....meant to say:

    ....one in FIVE THINK he is the worst ever...the other four KNOW he is.

    December 22, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. carol

    If even 1 in 5 think he's been the worst VP ever they must be smoking something that's all I can say.....of course to some he's been a great VP no doubt......they all must be smoking something as well.
    The man is absolutely deplorable, he's arrogant, cunning and that constant sneer on his face is sickening....and even worse he is a bare faced liar.
    I'm surprised he got anyone to vote for him at all!!!!

    December 22, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. Daniel

    He really is.

    December 22, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. Charles

    Cheney is not only the worst vice president in history, he is among the top two most despicable persons to ever set foot into the city limits of Washington, D.C. He is cold, calculating, deceitful, aloof, deceptive, and worthy of Sen. Biden's comments and much more.

    I disagree with Sen. Biden, however, on Bush. I think Bush is the sorriest thing to ever be called president. Not at all the victim of circumstances, he is Cheney's sidekick and puppet in many instances.

    I will very happy to see Bush and Cheney depart Washington. I sincerely hope they also choose to depart the country and never be seen or heard from again.

    Why di I feel this way: Iraq, the conomy, Hurricane Katrina, Valerie Plame, and all the other victims of Bush/Cheney. I wish Bush and Cheney would spend the rest of their lives in Gitmo or some other hell-hole.

    December 22, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Allen Glover

    Dick Chaney is an evil evil man. He is the number 1 axis of evil that has harmed this country. He is wicked and he has raped the people of this country.

    He needs to be in jail for all the evil he has done. How the so-called christians could support such evil tells me all I need to know about religion. They preach but don't live it.

    December 22, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Jon G

    Dick Cheney is one of the most hateful, self-righteous, warmongering politicians ever to set foot in office. I'm amazed that he can wake up and look at himself in the mirror every morning. I hope that he spends the rest of his days keeled over in pain, guilt and suffering over all the young men he sent to their deaths, and the families who will never see them again.

    December 22, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. johny

    Dick Cheney is the most nefarious politician in my lifetime. I was born in 1961. Do the math.

    December 22, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. beachgirl

    Bush and Cheney are going down in history, THEY ARE GOING OUT AND DOWN AS THE WORST PRESIDENT AND VP IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES!!!

    This couple should be ashame of themselves, because the majority of Americans DON'T LIKE THEM, DID NOT APPROVE OF THEIR POLICY, ARE HAPPY TO SEE THEM GOOOOOOOOOOOOING!

    BYE BYE LOOOOOOOOOOOSERS

    December 22, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    I have been a Republican for a long time. Mr. Cheney has been poor, at best, as our Veep. He retained too many ties to special interests, Halliburton, lobbyists and gave bad advice to Pres. Bush. Hawkish is an accepted stance for a person to take. Participating in hosing his constituency is not honorable and perhaps criminal. We will probably never know.

    December 22, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. Not in denial

    Since when did the minority of opinion of a poll become the headline. The majority of those polled , 41 %said Cheney was a poor VP, 34% said he was a good VP. Only 23 percent said he was the Worst ever. We know what CNN thinks of Cheney by the headline. But the survery tells a different story. Most think he was a poor vp but more thought he was good that thought he was the worst ever. Biased reporting as usual.

    December 22, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  22. payback

    cheney, will go down in history as the worst (shadow ) president. Not vice-president .

    December 22, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  23. Adele

    Why isn't Cheney in Jail?

    December 22, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  24. Larry L.Edgar

    YES, CHENEY IS THE WORST VICE PRESIDENT IN HISTORY AND ONE OF THE BIGGEST CROOKS. BUSH IS SIMPLY AN IDIOT.
    I USED TO BE A REPUBLICAN VOTER, BUT THE LAST EIGHT YEARS
    HAVE RESULTED IS THE MOST CORRUPT ADMINISTRATION OF MY TIME. THEY HAVE PUT THIS COUNTRY IN ECONOMIC RUIN AND THEIR TIES GO DEEP INTO OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM. JUST REMEMBER THAT AFTER THEY LEAVE OFFICE, THEY WILL JUST WALK AWAY WITH THEIR MILLIONS AND INSURANCE WHILE LEAVING THE REST OF US IN RUIN.

    December 22, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. Don

    I'm frankly surprised it's that low. I admit I'm not really up on my Vice Presidents, but aside from Spiro Agnew and Andrew Johnson, I can't really think of any off hand that were just flat slime balls.

    December 22, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
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