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. Mike S.

    Dick Cheney... isn't he the guy who sent our troops to Iraq to find weapons of mass destruction?

    May 21, 2009 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  2. Jason

    I think Dick Cheney's Favorable's on the rise is one of the seven signs of the apocalypse.

    May 21, 2009 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  3. DOC

    Must be members of the same YO HE HO club...

    May 21, 2009 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  4. dan

    how quickly people forget.

    May 21, 2009 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  5. RUTY

    In my opinion, Dick Cheney is a criminal. Over 4200 young men and women are dead because of a war that should have never been. He is a Bushie.

    May 21, 2009 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  6. Rick from Murfreesboro, TN

    Dick Cheney is still lying garbage and one of the most evil men in American history.

    May 21, 2009 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  7. Todd in Georgia

    Cheney 2012! I'm calling it now.

    May 21, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  8. SJ

    Same old Cheney, same old evil.

    May 21, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  9. Eileen

    37% is nothing to brag about – 55% still aren't swayed by his boogey man tactics.

    He's still walking talking human feces.

    May 21, 2009 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  10. Jeff

    This man IS the Devil.

    May 21, 2009 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  11. chris24

    I have one favorable opinion of him.

    I'm in favor of his going to prison for intentionally
    lying to the American public about "weapons of
    mass destruction" and leading us into war
    based on lies.

    May 21, 2009 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  12. republicans hate america

    This is why this country is in the toilet because they have the memory of a fruit fly

    May 21, 2009 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  13. Obama is a Mistake

    If they could have served a third term, I would have voted for Bush/Cheney a third time.

    May 21, 2009 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  14. JT from Tampa

    The man who would be king.

    May 21, 2009 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  15. C Spurgeon

    He is a neo nazi and all that it stands for.

    May 21, 2009 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  16. Daniel in PA

    "Ticker: Cheney gets good news in new poll"

    Um.. you think he cares?

    May 21, 2009 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  17. Patriot

    That means that we need to sterilize 37% of our population.

    May 21, 2009 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  18. Shari

    You know, I hear that Goebbels popularity is also on the rise.

    May 21, 2009 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  19. J

    Who is doing these Polls?? Are they only performed in Middle of Bible belt or something??

    May 21, 2009 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  20. GWB2012

    Let's face it – Dick Cheney – as well as every other Vice President in this country always gets picked on by the media RELENTLESSLY. However, the fact is that the guy knows his foreign affairs and Obama and his cronies DON'T. Case closed!

    May 21, 2009 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  21. scott ray

    quit talking to him and maybe he will go away , i think his track record speaks for itself .

    May 21, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  22. Misty

    How does this become news??? He is a disgrace to USA and he should retire for real.......
    CNN you will put up nonsense for rating!
    Give us some real news-as to how DIck-Dicked US treasurey of trillions and left the World in a Mess because of his Stupid Wars-

    May 21, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  23. Clutch

    Yeah ok, nice poll. I think far more Americans didn't apprciate being lied into a war on false claims and selective evidence brought to them by Bsuh/Cheney... For some reason the media eg. CNN, are bent on trying re-establish any credibility the Neo-Cons once had. Can I have the resuts of a reputable poll please?

    May 21, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  24. Peter Vaguely

    His indictment as a war criminal will lower his poll numbers a bit.
    Then he should get a bump in his numbers after his heart attack.

    May 21, 2009 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  25. John

    On matters of national security, Cheney has the knowledge, experience and wisdom. The Poll is irrelevant because most respondents do not know what is going on around the world. The local news media outlets do not cover international news as much as they should to educate the American people.

    May 21, 2009 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
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