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. kingtech

    If true, the remaining 4 out of 5 must be deaf, dumb, blind, ignorant, and delusional to varying degrees. This has been one of the most corrupt and amoral regimes in history with Cheney and Rove at the helm.

    One thing I will praise Cheney for, is he is upfront about his perverse corruption. Afterall, how can you doubt the sincerity of a man who shoots his best friend in the face? Why would you be surprised when he treats anyone standing in his way even worse?

    December 22, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Jerome

    23 % of the American public have it right !

    December 22, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. Laura

    He's deplorable and should be tried for crimes against humanity.

    December 22, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. 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 burdened with...even worse than Nixon under Eisenhower.

    December 22, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. Mari

    I am surprised its not.......... 1 in 2! Those polls were wrong and continue to be since they can not reach my kids generation with their cell phones!

    THE ONE PERCENT THAT THINK CHENEY IS THE BEST.... ARE INSANE!

    December 22, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. Mark

    w is/will be/was the worst president...ever.

    cheney is/will be/was the worst vice president..ever

    together, the worst administration ever.

    23% is closer to one of every four (4.348) than one of five. 64% had negative opinions of dc as a vp. CNN still trying to sugarcoat the worst administration ever?

    December 22, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Jon

    Cheney is not only the worse VP ever, he is also the most corrupt, He is only interested in his self and clearly does not care about the ountry, only about how much money he can take from it, while he is in a position of power. The man should be not only inpeached but he should be ashamed to call himslef a US citizen, he should be deported and his citiizenship removed or stuck in one of his own badly run prisons – That would be justice !! what comes around goes around

    December 22, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. Maryann Rose

    And Dick will respond with his usual comment: "So what?"

    He embodies the phrase: "Your government does not care about you".

    December 22, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Richard Hite

    I think it is amusing that 1 out of 5 Americans think that Dick Cheney is the worst vice president the US has ever had, when 1 out 350,000,000 cannot name another vice president other than Dick Cheney.

    December 22, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. Ratgurl

    One in 5? Try one in 2!

    He's nothing more than a self-serving elitist. I'd like to see him actually apologize for his reprehensible behavior while in office, but I won't hold my breath.

    December 22, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. joe ferrara

    change the poll!!!!
    i agree, that cheney is by far the worst vp ever.
    i was born before FDR became Prsident. doesn't that give me some respect for knowledge????
    joe f.

    December 22, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Veteran in Kansas

    Must gave only been polling Republicans to get numers that favorable.

    December 22, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. bob in LA

    Other than those that can't forgive Ford for pardening Nixon, who would be the pick as the worst VP if not Cheney?

    December 22, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. McFly

    Do not get me wrong ... I am NO fan of the guy but can 1 in 5 Americans name 5 former VPs? I doubt it ...

    Adams

    Jefferson

    Burr

    Clinton

    Gerry

    Tompkins

    Calhoun

    Van Buren

    Johnson

    Tyler

    Dallas

    Fillmore

    King

    Breckinridge

    Hamlin

    Johnson

    Colfax

    Wilson

    Wheeler

    Arthur

    Hendricks

    Morton

    Stevenson

    Hobart

    Roosevelt

    Fairbanks

    Sherman

    Marshall

    Coolidge

    Dawes

    Curtis

    Garner

    Wallace

    Truman

    Barkley

    Nixon

    Johnson

    Humphrey

    Agnew

    Ford

    Rockefeller

    Mondale

    Bush

    Quayle

    Gore

    Cheney

    December 22, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. Rob

    I see CNN's been taking surveys at the idiot wards again. These people probably think Al Gore was a wonderful VP (hey Al, nice global warming, it's -1 here in Chicago), or that Mondale was a great VP.

    This same carnival of idiots will probably say Biden's one of the best VP's. As he's finisihing up his term at the end of 2012

    December 22, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. Mya

    Yeah, Cheney sucks!!!!!!!!!

    December 22, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  17. Gil Oberdas

    While most people don't know the history of our past VP I would rate him close to the worst! Ruthless and vile at least!

    December 22, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. three-letter word j-o-b-s

    To the minority of those responding who thought Cheny was the worst VP in history: Give Joe Biden a chance. I have no doubt that "Plagirism Joe" will run the office so far into the ground that we will never be able to find it again.

    December 22, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  19. Sreenivas

    I am stunned, it is only 1 in 5 !!!

    December 22, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  20. Yanz

    With all due respect to Mr. Cheney, the last eight years have been a nightmare even for true Republicans that stood for small government, less federal spending and civil liberties. History will probably choose to hyphenate the last eight years as Bush-Cheney era rightly so as Cheney proved the most dangerous VP ever in the history of the U.S. Mr. Cheney is not troubled by these polls–he remains true to himself. And that is where the crux of the problem lies.

    December 22, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  21. max

    I want to see the exact questions of the poll. I seriously doubt if even a 10th of Americans could name, say, 5 other vice presidents. Therefore, blathering on about how Cheney is the "worst ever" is patent nonsense.

    It's really easy to brand somebody the "worst ever of all time" when he's the only vice president you even know of.

    Cheney has been no saint, to be sure. The responses that say he has been a "poor vice president" at least make sense. In that case, he is being judged simply on whether or not you think has done a good job.

    But "worst ever"??? Typical pollster, and headline-grabbing nonsense.

    December 22, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  22. PL

    I think that's 4 out of 5. What a Idiot.

    December 22, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  23. J. P.

    Dick Cheney is not only the worst in terms of treatment of the citizens of these United States, but he is the worst in terms of his "looks down his nose" attitude towards the vast majority of our citizens. To say that the man is evil is simply a gross understatement. His attitude, his carriage, his manner of speaking as well as his policies toward all of mankind who do not meet his criteria personifies evil incarnate.

    December 22, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  24. aunt Duff

    Cheney's memoirs should be titled "Just TRY to Prove I Was Behind Anything - You Couldn't Even FIND Me 99% of the Time."

    About two weeks before Hurrican Katrina, I thought " How long has it been since I've seen or even heard about what Cheny is doing?". I called my local media, then national media, and everyone's response was "Hmmm. . . that's a good question. I can't even remember the last time we heard about him." Checking revealed not one mention of him had been in the news since late April.

    I then called his office and they said "We do not disclose the Vice President's calendar, past or present."

    He finally surfaced when he was sent to survey the damage left by Katrina, but, you could clearly tell he was thinking "Why in the hell am I having to waste my time on these no account poeple? This is a huge imposition, and I couldn't possibly care less." After that brief appearance, he disappeared again.

    Cheny is a war monger, a cheat, a thief, and a liar. He should have been impeached a long time ago. Oh, wait, they couldn't do that because they couldn't find him. He spent his entire term in "an undisclosed location!"

    December 22, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  25. ChicagoBob

    Ask those same people if they know who the speaker of the house is or what laws Cheney has written. Ask them if they know who their own senator is or congressman. Get them to answer those kind of general quetions first before you ask if you like Cheney. I bet most people dont even know why they dont like him. They are lemmings being told to do so by the hatred from the press. So I am not impressed with this kind of poll.

    December 22, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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