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. gabe

    This headline is totally misleading...37% is not even close to being favorable...wow up a whole 8 points...keep reaching for the stars Dick.

    May 21, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  2. Jim

    That old man needs to go rock on the porch

    May 21, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  3. Robert

    You have got to be kidding.

    May 21, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  4. Artie

    37% for this monster?? Amazing there are that many Bible-thumping rednecks out there.

    May 21, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  5. richard Miller

    Cheney is no hero. He is a draft dodging criminal that belongs in prison for high crimes and treason. CNN, stop glorifying him.

    May 21, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  6. Larry from Apex, NC

    Dick Cheney is an American ideals hating scumbag. Put him in jail for his crimes!

    May 21, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  7. Andyb

    Here is another opinion. I wish Cheney would just go and crawl back into the hole he came out of. Just like his nephew GWB has. In other words just GOAWAY Dick. You've done enough damage to America.

    May 21, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  8. job

    yes, popular with people that are still intent on dividing versus uniting this country.

    May 21, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  9. Bob C

    Based on these poll results 37% of the people polled are: A) morons; B) cowards; C) get all their news from Rush and Fox; or D) All of the above

    May 21, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  10. ANGIE

    WHO CARES?!!!!! he needs to go back underground where he spend the 8 years he was vp. he is a liar and murderer.

    May 21, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  11. Mark

    Keep fighting, Cheney. People cannot help but listen. You're experience and knowledge is sorely missed. Obama has much to learn.

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

    Hitler was popular with many Germans even when he trampled personal freedoms...Cheney is popular with many Americans even when he trampled personal freedoms...Popularity does not make it right. Cheney has set back American values hundreds of years. Shame on him!

    May 21, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  13. Xaivier

    Wait.. what?

    WHY?!!!!

    This man is pure evil... and dead wrong.

    Just go away allready, slimey Dick!

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

    Wingnuts coming back into the fold. Cheney is the only leader of the GOP these days. How sad.

    May 21, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  15. TOMMY PERKINS

    must be the s&m croud. people that get off on beatings

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

    I think he's gunning for president in 2012.

    May 21, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  17. DBA

    Cheney is evil personified. He advocates policies which historically have been the antithesis of what America stands for. He should be tried for war crimes.

    May 21, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  18. Kristin

    My opinion remains the same. He should be in prison.

    May 21, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  19. Mike

    I like Cheney too, now that he is out of office.. I would really love him if he would simply go away forever..

    May 21, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  20. Mike

    absence makes the heart grow fonder!

    May 21, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  21. Phil

    Cheney ought to keep his mouth shut. He and Bush are to blame for the mess this county is in.

    May 21, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  22. Mike

    oh, and have you been listening to the new VP, no wonder Cheney's numbers are on the rise!

    May 21, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  23. Detroit Larry

    i want a recount, theres no way normal americans where asked this question

    May 21, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  24. Evan

    Perhaps people have forgotten his 8 years of failure as president...I mean vice president.

    May 21, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  25. Bill

    Why would Cheney care about polls anymore? I doubt he'll be running for elected office.

    May 21, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
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