May 21st, 2009
12:08 PM ET
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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. Boomer

    Cheney's a bum and needs to go crawl back under a rock. Had the Country had the foresight to see that if he would shoot or "pepper" his own friend, we would of known the American Public couldn't stand chance

    May 21, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  2. Annie

    Some food for thought. If I were polled on this question, as a liberal I would say I definitely have a favorable opinion of Cheney. Watching him destroy what's left of his party has been great entertainment.

    May 21, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  3. mark

    those 37% voting favorably are either retarded or have very short memories. the Bush/Cheney administration was disastrous for this country and the world.

    May 21, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  4. V

    are you kidding me? who are these people?

    May 21, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  5. AJP

    For what its worth, I think he sucks!!

    May 21, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  6. David

    Let's see how high his favorable rating is when he's finally put in jail for authorizing the use of torture, making him no better than the United States' worst enemies.

    The man is a criminal, a liar, and if there's a hell, he's headed for it.

    May 21, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  7. Claire

    I hope Americans aren't going to get STUPID again, letting the fear mongering Cheney suck them back into a place that didn't work out so well for the past 8 years.

    May 21, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  8. tex123

    Who cares what Chenney says now and before? He and Bush are responsible for the mess we are in now with their incompetency.

    May 21, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  9. Enraged Liberal

    Cheney is bad, so is everything from the Bush era. At least, that's what I'm spoon-fed to believe from the media outlets. Even if Cheney managed to cure cancer, bring world peace and lead us into a new era of enlightenment, he'd still be bad.

    May 21, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  10. chuck from Tulsa

    And 37% would have a favorable opinion of a hemroid if the right wing media backed it over our current commander–in–chief. Hey, wait a minute they apparently do have a favorable opinion of a hemroid….

    May 21, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  11. John in Northern NY

    The only thing that would give me a favorable opinion of Cheney would be if he took the fatman Rush on a hunting expedition. Other than that he has no redeeming qualities.

    May 21, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  12. Ron L

    Sorry for the typos "has" was suppose to be "had", "tried" was suppose to be "tired", and "thier" was suppose to be "their".

    May 21, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  13. a southern progressive

    i think if you have a favorable opinion of cheney, that you should have to wear a sign, that way the rest of us know to stay away from you. far far away.

    May 21, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  14. George

    Why is this guy even a news story anymore? Let the crook abscond to his gated community and wither away.

    May 21, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  15. PetePtld

    Way to go, Dick! Perhaps, at least in response to carefully worded questions, no longer the most reviled man in America!

    May 21, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  16. marke from NY

    this is the fall of obama. this what happen when you don't procecute criminals.

    May 21, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  17. Franky

    O.K, I check this out and he's on the rise with a 37% approval rating? So, it raised, huh? You people are in fact a waste of time, you should have come hang out with us yesterday...

    May 21, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  18. TangledThorns

    That sound you hear is all the liberals heads exploding. The Obama administration had better open it's ears to Cheney before disaster strikes.

    May 21, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  19. JDFrakes

    That's just scary stupid.

    May 21, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  20. Jayden,FL

    Who cares!

    May 21, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  21. Showstopa

    ...And there you have it! I am so excited for the GOP, they have a new face and leader, maybe he could run 2012 with Limbog.

    May 21, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  22. B E in TN

    He is still a criminal!!!

    May 21, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  23. Sonja

    This shows how sick our society is. Mr. Cheney is a war criminal and belongs behind bars. He is an evil man. I guess all those with a favorable opinion love living in a dictatorship.

    May 21, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  24. Dan

    This news must really upset the Media. It appears their slander and lies have pushed some of the public back into seeing reality.

    May 21, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  25. Jackson

    who the heck did they poll? Dick Cheney is doing more now that he is not in office and really just needs to realize he should just go away or at the very least to a prison.

    May 21, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
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