December 22nd, 2008
04:04 PM ET
6 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. Bill Clinton

    Cheney has been the biggest cause of Bush's failure. Bush and Rice have no brain and leadership quality ; and having Cheney made things even worse. Cheney ha s been teh most crooked VO ever. His main interest were Heliburton and iol corporations, not the US or its people. Shame on you Cheney. You should be tried and put in jail for life.

    December 22, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  2. PL

    Is it possible to charge someone with being stupid and send them to prison??

    December 22, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. Bill Clinton

    Cheney has been the biggest cause of Bush's failure. Bush and Rice have no brain or leadership quality ; and having Cheney made things even worse. Cheney has been the most crooked VP or a person ever. His main interest were Heliburton and oil corporations, not the US or its people. Shame on you Cheney. You should be tried and put in jail for life.

    December 22, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  4. Michael Piret

    Only one in five? He belongs in jail.

    December 22, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  5. Pam Holt Los Angeles, CA

    Who could have possibly been worse? I am shocked that so few people said he was the worst.

    December 22, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  6. Cheap batteries

    The media should also be indicted for allowing this to go on unchecked for all these years.Nixon was reported on ,but the chicken little media did nothing for eight long years.

    December 22, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  7. New Yorker

    So, this proves that one in five are jerks. No surprise.

    December 22, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  8. Luke Brown, Charleston SC

    Only 23%????

    December 22, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  9. I am shocked (Not)!

    Actually, 23% is closer to 1 in 4, not one in five. Cheney is an absolute disgrace as an American, and a disgrace as a person. Impeaching him would not be enough punishment for the crimes against our country he has instigated and committed. He is a conniving draft dodger who has all the bravado of someone who thinks they are a big man but really is overcompensating for how small a man he truly is, lacking any morals or ethics in in his desire to overcome his many, many deficiencies of character. Thankfully, 64% of us recognize him for what he is – trash.

    December 22, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. B

    Who cares where he ranks, he just admitted to war crimes in TV interviews last week. He seems to be proud of it too. Hope Obama lets the new AG prosecute.

    December 22, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  11. strong

    I think the polls got their numbers reversed. 1 in 5 approve ! That is more believable. Polls are manipulated, use your common sense, people.

    December 22, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  12. Maria W

    So the vast minority of Americans feel he's the worst vice president and this is worthy of a headline on CNN....

    December 22, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  13. Timothy

    Cheney = worst VP ever
    Evil Dick is putting it mildly!!!

    December 22, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  14. mark

    What reason does anyone have to even vote for this? What did Cheney do to give anyone a reason to vote that way? Boy, are we "snowballed" by the media.

    December 22, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  15. Vicki5

    I think you mean 5 to 1 think he is worst. Sorry, I just don't buy that only 1 in 5 people feel that way. Nice try though.

    December 22, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  16. Chris from STL

    What is surprising is that 35% of the population thought he was good or better! That's one in three in this country is an IDIOT .... Not sure which world these people live in.

    December 22, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  17. Bob in Arizona

    Only 23%? Lots of folks must have been sleeping through the past eight years.

    December 22, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  18. Don

    I hope this country does not forget what Bush and Cheney have done to the country and the world. They both need to be tried for abuse of power and both need to be tried for war crimes. Both should spend the rest of their days in prison.

    December 22, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  19. Francis, Hawaii

    The rest think Bush is the worst!

    December 22, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  20. KG

    So exactly how do any of you know if he was the worst vice president ever? Most of you have probably only seen maybe 7 or less.... I'm not saying he was any good, but this is just an idiotic poll. Par for the course for CNN.

    December 22, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  21. Charlie

    Are you kidding? I am sure the VAST MAJORITY of americans believe he is the WORST ever.

    December 22, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  22. Hannibal Hamlin

    This poll would be impressive if only it showed that 90% of Americans cannot even name more than 4 of 46 Vice-Presidents. We deserve the leaders we elect.

    December 22, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  23. Dilligaf

    Wait'll Biden's first year is over! He'll be lucky to get a 10% approval rating. Biden is a moron, just like the guy above him. The country will be run by Tweedledumb and Tweedledumber for the next 4 years. May God help us!

    December 22, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  24. C. U. Indagulag

    Cheney and his fellow elites must be laughing all the way to the bank while cynically confident that...even now...no more than this scant percentage of Americans are yet able to recognize them for what they truly are.

    December 22, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  25. Cheney = The Penguin

    This survey merely proves that 4 out 5 Americans don't know what the hell they are talking about.

    December 22, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
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