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.


Filed under: CNN poll • Dick Cheney
soundoff (233 Responses)
  1. CMG

    1 in 5 – I don't think so. Dick, you are nothing short of a disgrace. Can't wait for those grandchildren of yours to read about you in the history books. It could be interesting. The man who never admits a mistake whether it be while shooting a gun, using the "f" word, or sending young men and women to harms way and then referencing, "well, they volunteered." You disgust me and many others. Your legacy will be one of a kind.

    December 22, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. G.R.I.T.S. - Girl Raised in the South

    Wow, that's not nearly as many as I thought would view him as the worst V.P. in history! Most of those polled must not know who he is, what he's done, or what he's about. Check out the article in the Huffington Post about a witness against Cheney/Rove who died when his plane crashed last week. Suspicious to say the least.

    December 22, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. Mike T. Vaughn

    Make that 2 out of 5 and if you ask everyone I know, you will more that 5 out of 5 that thinks he was a poor and dangerous vp

    December 22, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. Randy

    Be gone Cheney you have done nothing for this country or the Amercian people

    December 22, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. An Obama Supporter

    Only 1 in 5? I don't believe it!!

    December 22, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. The Sultan of Spinach

    I doubt that one in five Americans could name five vice presidents. Let's limit ourselves to mid-20th and 21st century presidents. Quick, who was vice president for: Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush? Who had the worst vice-president? Who had the best?

    December 22, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. Robert Mexico

    yes, both President and Vice president worse ever in U.S history.

    December 22, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. Geeque - Chicago,IL

    It should have been 5 in 5 Americans, Dick Cheney should be jailed immediately after leaving office, the man is a war criminal, supported torturing human, he is amongst the worst leaders the world ever had.

    December 22, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. BROOKLYN

    Agree... He was the worst but Biden will give him a run for the money... This guy has a big mouth and should watch it.

    December 22, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  10. PJP in OK

    How can people say that? He never was around anywhere!! Didn't even think Bush had a vice president for a while. What does the vp do anyway? Just be there in case the prez dies???

    December 22, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. lovable liberal

    Darth Cheney is worse than Spiro Agnew. What's a little garden variety corruption compared to running the Constitution through both the shredder and the burn bag? I'm thinking that Aaron Burr is Cheney's only real competition.

    December 22, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  12. christian dad

    a cartoon villain legacy

    December 22, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. Hes the Moose

    Where did they find that one percent,a mental hospital?

    December 22, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  14. MikeH

    I believe CNN is making stuff up with this 'poll'. CNN is a objective as FOX SPEWS.

    Cheney is a criminal who has admitted to authorizing torture. I think a lot more that 20% of the population think he is the worst.

    December 22, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  15. speck

    Another idiotic poll from CNN- we all remember our vice presidents, don't we? Since you're asking, it's George Dallas.

    December 22, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  16. wibadger

    Can't believe that's all! Don't people remember 2004? When he was called Liar, Liar, Liar. Sorry to say it was true, he is a Liar

    December 22, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. CanIcallyouJoe

    4/5 people are lying.

    December 22, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. Mr Magoo

    I think we all need to know who the 20% are. Is his family that big?

    December 22, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  19. reginald smith fairfax va

    the 34 percent are bush lovers who also belive sarah palin would make an excellent vp also. ha ha ha

    December 22, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  20. Tomkat

    To be remorseful of your mistakes you have to first have a conscience and a soul. Dick Cheney has neither. You will never get an apology from him. He is the purist form of a dark entity. M2C

    December 22, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  21. Ken in NC

    The reason the numbers show that 1 in 5 think Cheney is the worst VP in US history is because the other 4 people were out looking for new jobs.

    December 22, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  22. Lyndon from CA

    Prosecute Darth Vader for War Crimes now!

    December 22, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  23. Jay Jones

    And Cheney's reaction: "So."

    December 22, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  24. AngeloDC

    Who are the other four? Their family members?

    December 22, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  25. Griff

    Not me! He was a Great General... General Loyalty to, Two Bush's....
    you didn't think this in 1991.....

    December 22, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10