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. JK Ashburn, VA

    But, 4 out of 5 respondents couldn't name 3 others if their lives depended on it. So, what does that tell you about the value of their opinions?

    December 22, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. anonymous

    I'd comment on this but I'm afraid I might be put on some watch list (rolling eyes....)

    December 22, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. John

    Calling him the worst VP in US history is a little difficult as we've had some real losers in that post. Who can even name most of them? But in terms of which VP has done the US the most damage, there's no contest.

    December 22, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. karen

    I think more than1 in 5. What kind of poll and where???????

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

    another thing....the one out of the five could very well be the media....think about it!

    If one out of five Americans KNOW that Cheney is a rotten VP why haven't he been impeached???

    The will of the people was overshadowed because the media IS the shadow who have protected Cheney for 8 years....CNN you just told on yourselves..

    either you're in Cheney's pocket, or you fear him which is it?!?

    is this the real reason military anthrax was sent to the media and certain politicians??? ARE YOU BEING BLACKMAILED LITERALLY?!!? Or was it the banks..oil...and pharmaceutical industries who sponsor the news...that told you to keep your mouths shut abut Cheney????the devil is in the details.

    If the media was on Cheney the same way that they were on Clinton...true justice would have been served a long time ago.

    This is country is no longer a democracy with justice for all....i don't know what it has become, but a just democracy it is NOT.

    The media had dumbed down Americans looking at the shiny object's they project...while Cheney ran a muck...SHAME ON YOU CNN....FAUX...ABC...NBC...CBS...and the rest....you sold us all out.

    i doubt CNN will post this, but it had to be said...we're all not stupid

    December 22, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. Betty the maid

    Can't wait for that old ticker of his to stop ticking ...will be awesome

    December 22, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  7. Matt

    Are you kdding? Only 20%? Who on God's green earth did they name other than Cheney? Maybe more to the point: Who CAN they name other than Cheney?

    December 22, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. Phil in KC

    Well, on the plus side, he didn't shoot the Secretary of the Treasury in a duel like Aaron Burr. He just shot a hunting companion, by accident.

    December 22, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. Diana Ewing NJ

    Dangerous is a better word when talking about this VP

    December 22, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. John

    Who the heck are you people polling? Dick Cheney is by far the worst vice president ever!

    December 22, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. scott

    its such an odd characterization of cheney (best or worst VP)...first off, we all know full well that hardcore R's would be proud to yell and scream for and support a chimpanzee if it was somehow thrown into the spotlight as their Party choice for some high profile position (example,Palin)...
    but isnt it fair to say that its really NOT Bush's fault – all that went wrong??...simply because its become painfully clear that Bush has the brainpower of a raisin, which would prevent him from having ANY competent decision making power whatsoever...; Soooo, who else, would've been there for all those executive decisions??? (YES, very old tired point , i know)....
    Cheney being called a "good or bad" VP is irrelevant...
    he WAS basically .......the president, given the enormous lack of any other person available for the job for these past mindless 8 years..

    But as usual, you talk to a republican about the subject and you're bound to get some other highly distorted, bent horribly out of shape, Rush Limbaugh "take" on things that really sounds demented and a million miles from the point...

    republicans....what a sad bunch...

    December 22, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. Hurry Up 1/20/09

    Does anyone even care what Dick has to say anymore?

    December 22, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. Soccer Nana

    Send this indicted sitting-VP to jail!

    December 22, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. Glennis, PA

    I think that designation may change hands after a Joe Biden vice presidency.

    December 22, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. Once you vote Black

    Cheney still has a lot of fans in the Republican party.
    That is because they still see nothing wrong with the way things went. As long as they see things that way the Dems will be in office. The GOP does not realize that there way of doing things netted the US zero. We are 10 years behind where we could have been if it was not for the W people. And I think you know what I mean.

    December 22, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. California Gold

    Well, I think "worst" is being generous. After his admission and ernest endorsement of waterboarding, many adjectives come to my mind. "Worst" is perhaps the nicest and most generous adjective.

    December 22, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  17. J UAN CARLOS

    BIDEN,,,,,,,,,WILL,,,,,,,,,,,TAKE,,,,,,,,,,CARE,,,,,,,,,,,OF,,,,,,,,,,THIS,,,,,,,,STAT

    December 22, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  18. James

    The man pesonifies evil. That is why his heart keeps trying to quit on him.

    There is a dark, firery pit in store for that man.

    God save his soul.

    December 22, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  19. Charles Thompson

    Karen, here is your answer.

    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.

    December 22, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  20. conservative

    One in 5 huh ! Not bad at all ;hardly worth the jab! A no nonsense speaks his mind and knowledgeable VP sure does rile the liberal hate machine doesn't it !!

    December 22, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  21. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Americans are blind and ignorant to the sins of Dick Cheney. This is sad, because he deserves to be tried as a war criminal for his blatant disregarad for the Geneva Convention to which the USA is held.

    Bush should be tried as well.

    December 22, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  22. Scott Alexander

    I don't believe this poll. 1 in 5? The guy has done squat as Vice President except for helping lead this country to ruin and he makes no apologies for it. Cheney says he doesn't believe in poll numbers, but he did nothing but quote poll numbers whenever he mentioned Iraq, North Korea, or Iran. I really wish some journalist had the guts face Cheney and call him out for being the liar that he is. Shame on CNN for this sham of a poll and sham of a story that treats Cheney like he's America's darling.

    December 22, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  23. Daniel Schlafer

    We all know whom " the one percent [ of the poll ] are who feel Cheney is the best vice president " are . I guess Fox News Channel have to come to CNN.com for " fair and ballanced " news and polling data .

    December 22, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  24. Gen Patton is a Moron

    ."Most Republicans nationwide said Cheney had been a good veep,"

    Knuckledraggers unite

    December 22, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  25. An Irrelevant CNN Poll!

    "A CNN-Opinion Research Corporation survey," let's guess the question, "Please choose one, a) Is Dick Cheney the worst Vice President ever, or, b) Should we throw cute little puppies into the river? Just another dopey liberal poll!

    Three out of five Americans think Bill Clinton squandered his Presidency by being a Chubby Chaser! But we'll never see that CNN poll!

    December 22, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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