May 21st, 2009
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CNN Poll: Favorable opinion of Dick Cheney on the rise

 Cheney's popularity has risen in recent weeks.

Cheney's popularity has risen in recent weeks.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The same day Dick Cheney delivered  a major speech on the battle against terrorism, a new national poll suggests that favorable opinions of the former vice president are on the rise.

But the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, released Wednesday morning, indicates that a majority of Americans still have an unfavorable opinion of Cheney.

Fifty-five percent of people questioned in the poll say they have an unfavorable opinion of the former vice president. Thirty-seven percent say they have a favorable opinion of Cheney, up eight points from January when he left office.

In the past two months the former vice president has become a frequent critic of the new Administration in numerous national media interviews.

“Is Cheney’s uptick due to his visibility as one of the most outspoken critics of the Obama administration?  Almost certainly not,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Former President George W. Bush's favorable rating rose six points in that same time period, and Bush has not given a single public speech since he left office.”

The poll suggests that 41 percent of Americans hold a favorable opinion of the former president, with 57 percent viewing him unfavorably.

The survey’s release came just a few hours before Cheney spoke out Thursday on the war against terror during a speech at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington based think tank. The former vice president defended the Bush Administration’s handling of the war on terror and challenged the Obama Administration’s attempt to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted May 14-17, with 1,010 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey’s sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.


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  1. Anonymous

    maybee the gop has him on the rise.. i do not believe anyone esle does. and i am one of them, cheney is a loser and will always be a lose.

    May 21, 2009 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  2. Kitchen Police

    Guantanamo needs to be shut down, its occupants adjudicated and punished. The idea that we are placing our citizens at risk by putting convicted terrorists in our prisons is nonsense. We house criminals that would make any terrorist wish he had never commiteed a crime against humanity. So put them in with the bad boys and tell them they better not "drop the soap" in the shower.

    May 21, 2009 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  3. Steve M

    I wouldn't believe DICK Cheney if he told me the sky was blue.

    May 21, 2009 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  4. Libertarian

    Cheney is only digging his hole deeper. While trying to justify decision that lead America into one of it's darkest hours, he may just be encouraging investigation.

    "Keep the fear alive" should be the repubs new slogan.

    May 21, 2009 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  5. ALAN St LOUIS

    yea ok what poll lol

    The poll of the RNC (rightious NOE CON)

    Those number are not the american people view on darth vader but i could agree on those number for he likability of the crazy facist loving repugs. The RNC and Taliban both share the same vision the destruction of democracy in the united states and justify it by religion

    May 21, 2009 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  6. Dick

    The Dick head should disappeared and get lost. We tha American people getting tired of their lies after lies. What more can they give us when they know they damaged the American system way of life? Get lost Dick and Bushy!

    May 21, 2009 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  7. S, Miami, FL

    Looks like lying, threatening those who dissent, and trying to usurp power by destroying a country's consititution does pay off. Congrats Cheney.

    May 21, 2009 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  8. VA 4 Obama

    People are just glad that they're no longer in office...of course they look favorable when they have zero influence on the world stage.

    May 21, 2009 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  9. gwen

    CHENEY is a war criminal, he is a felon, why are we listening to anything he says?

    May 21, 2009 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  10. Monrob

    I guess Americans have little memory.

    May 21, 2009 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  11. Dave

    Are you kidding? Where there any non-right wing Republicans in this survey?

    May 21, 2009 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  12. phoenix86

    By the end of the Obama presidency in 2012, Obama will have the lowest approval rating of any president (including GW Bush). Four years of incompetency in both domestic and foreign policy will be too much for voters.

    May 21, 2009 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  13. Fair is Fair

    Interesting...

    And how many comments here are going to say that they only polled racist rednecks with 3 teeth who answer their Big Bird telephone?

    May 21, 2009 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  14. RealityKing

    Number of people filing first-time unemployment claims: 631,000.
    Continuing claims: 6.6 million
    Obama losing support due to his socialistic agenda: Priceless

    May 21, 2009 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  15. jason, tx

    who are the morons who like this crazy man. he's a war criminal. put him behind bars.

    May 21, 2009 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  16. Southerner

    Is this a joke? His popularity is rising among conservatives which notice does not represent the majority of the population. Texas can secede for all I care, Gov Perry is nothing but a terrorist. Cheney you have no facts, everything you represent is 100% lies. Nice life you have going for you bubba.

    May 21, 2009 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  17. didi

    I think they should close gittmo and save our dollar...we can accamodate these in high security prisons in US and save sonsiderably good money....lot of 9/11 prisoners are in USA, why not these 140 bad guys....??? Are we crazy?? Politiciens are with bad motive....catch these politiciens first....everything will straighten....

    May 21, 2009 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  18. W. Art

    Who did they poll, all republicans?

    May 21, 2009 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  19. John

    Theres no accounting for stupidity I suppose. Un-educated and ignorance is bliss when it comes to some Republican supporters

    May 21, 2009 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  20. Mac

    I know I have a more favorably opinion of him since he left office; he's less dangerous now that he's out of Washington. Doesn't mean I suddenly think he's a decent human being, though.

    May 21, 2009 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  21. jt

    cheney / bush 2012,

    May 21, 2009 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  22. Lou

    Let's wait until he is goes to trial in The Hagg for crimes against humanity and we can check the polls again....

    May 21, 2009 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  23. Simmy

    Cheney and Limbaugh are orchestrating their moves, in an attempt to bring a semblance of credibility back to their party.....Desperation spawns strange bedfellows.....Anyone who views Cheney favorably at this point in time is in league with the devil, and is promoting failure for our country.........

    May 21, 2009 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  24. Jeff Brown

    Huh? What morons were polled? Were they masochists?

    May 21, 2009 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
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