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. Alicia

    It is weird how Cheney's approval goes up when he is out of office.
    I guess this means Bush is pushing 30% approval by now.

    May 21, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. Rush

    Chenny and Palin in 2012

    May 21, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. just me

    simply incredible
    some people just don't learn from anything

    May 21, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. Right wing talking point

    Opinions of a liar and torturer on the rise! What a great country!

    May 21, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. Bob Barry

    And no one could have predicted that Darth Vader would be the most popular Star Wars character. Hmmm… the similarities are uncanny!

    May 21, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. rick

    Message to Dick Cheney...

    You had your chance and blew it...We have a new President...Get over It..........

    May 21, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. Film Professor

    And what's the margin of error in this poll, 8 per cent?

    His approval ratings are "up" to 37 per cent?

    I bet 37% of the Storm Troopers approved of Darth Vader also.

    May 21, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  8. Terri

    That is still 55% of the people, CNN that do NOT agree with Cheney – last time i checked that was an overwhelming majority! Ridiculous that you say "Cheney gets good news!" come on! Anything to give this creep a soap box to spew his lies and hate.

    May 21, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. Ben

    Keep up the good work Mr. Cheney. You make these socialist democrats very nervous.

    May 21, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. We elected Pres. Obama not Cheney!

    We have elected a new President, we need to hear from him! I don't need to hear press conferences from Cheney . 8 years is over please spare us!

    May 21, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. Paul from Phoenix

    These are probably the same pollsters who concluded that Carter was a successful President.

    May 21, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. Vince

    Ha Ha. Maybe he should run for President. WHO CARES?

    May 21, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. ja

    he need to sit down and shutup

    May 21, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. Bill

    41 seems overly high to me considering the damage this man has done. Have these people already forgotten the fabricated evidence to justify Iraq, the no-bid contracts for his former company, the Valerie Plame "leak", the condoning of water boarding, etc? The list goes on and on.

    May 21, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. Bob Evano

    Which trailer park did they use for this poll?

    May 21, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. Jay

    The only reason Cheney's favorable numbers are up is that he hasn't shot any of his friends lately. Always a positive in my book.

    May 21, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. Jim

    Cheney is right, whether you like him or not. Rush is right, whether you like him or not. The problem is that we need the same wise words coming out of the mouths of a Hollywood-handsome person to get the nitwits in this country to pull their heads out of their you-know-whats.

    May 21, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. Jerry

    CNN:WHO CARES???? His administration is over. STOP REPORTING ON HIM. If you ignore the bad man, he will go away. You, CNN, are the ones to blame here. You are about to lose a very faithfull follower.

    May 21, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  19. Anonymous

    There is hope for America!

    May 21, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. Don

    Who cares what Cheney has to say? If this is the voice of the Republican party then they are in trouble. Once again he is attempting to play the fear card and scare people.

    May 21, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. Josh

    this guy's a moron and LIAR; plain and simple.

    May 21, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. George

    Suckers

    May 21, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. sniffit

    I love Dick Cheney.

    May 21, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. Alex in the I-4 Corridor

    Dick Cheney should be in jail.

    May 21, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. ann

    He's no worse than Obama. At least he's not a socialist and has a birthcertificate

    May 21, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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