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. scott

    The american people are the most gullible in the world. Dick Cheney helped ruin america and now people are going to love their abusive daddy again. I think he is the devil!

    May 21, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  2. Tom

    You have to admit, he's not a wienie like our current vice president

    May 21, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  3. Jim D, IL

    And if Dick only had an ounce of credibility left, someone might care what he says. Even his own administration mates are disputing what he says.

    May 21, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. john

    Apparently more Americans are just as ignorant as Cheney suspected when he went on this media tour. Give me a break with this stuff. The guy belongs in jail. If some Americans are that willing to support this war criminal then they deserve what they get. No lessons learned from the not so distant past.

    May 21, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  5. haren

    CNN
    why don't you take poll about health care whether American public wants single payee system or current one?

    May 21, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  6. Lefty

    Who was polled,his family ? This guy is the worst I've seen in my lifetime. And I'm no spring chicken . Cheney is the pits !

    May 21, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  7. Jack Fl

    His ratings are going to rise the longer he is out of office in direct proportion to voters memory.

    May 21, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  8. Had It

    Opinions are improving in the far-right-wing nutjobs attitudes.

    If he had his way, we'd be at war with every muslim country and Haliburton would have sole-source contracts to run them all.

    Read the financial returns for Cheney on all the war-mongering he's done.

    May 21, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  9. gl, Pittsburgh

    This is all the Republican Party have to offer the American people National Security and nothing and fear. It is not the Vice Presdient any more so why is he in the new. I bet it was all Republicans that they polled.

    May 21, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  10. Tom

    great use of deceptive title-ing – "Cheney making big gains" but a majority of Americans still don't like him at all.

    May 21, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  11. TRUTH

    the gop is dead due to bush/cheney, the gop is pathetic GO DEMS

    May 21, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  12. Rich

    He is a brilliant man. The Left hates him because he does not care what they say and did what he thought was the right thing to do. You Go Dick!!!!!

    May 21, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  13. Common Cents

    If they made a new Batman movie, Cheney could star as the Penguin–and beat the pants off of Danny Devito's version of the villian-hands down!

    May 21, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  14. Dbow Queen City

    CNN, are you kidding me? I guess I shouldn't be too shocked. CNN pushes Cheney's talking points more than FOXNEWS. Where is "keeping them honest", when we need it?

    May 21, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  15. gl, Pittsburgh

    Thirty-seven percent say they have a favorable opinion of Cheney, up eight points from January when he left office.

    Only the his base have a favorable opinion – the same racist fools that still think Bush and his crimical Administration did a good job.

    May 21, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  16. Tony

    Why are we DETERMINED to be drawn to the ignorant, uncurious, knee-jerk, and unreasonable personalities in this country. It's very disappointing. It just goes to show that the side that (recently) represents these qualities has an easier job than the side that represents a reasoned, calm, and thoughtful approach. I need a drink!

    May 21, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  17. Olive

    MY QUESTOIN IS...how many of the "1,010 adult Americans questioned by telephone" were either Rethuglican or Democrat? The PARTY AFFILLIATION information, if reported, would be of importance and more accurate!

    May 21, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  18. Alex

    Why should we care? The guy's not in office anymore.

    May 21, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  19. liz

    He already destroyed this country, why is he still talking? and even more so, why is the media giving him air time?

    May 21, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  20. New Yorker

    That's because 37% warship the devil

    May 21, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  21. Jim

    Just goes to show, lie loud enough and long enough and pretty soon folks will believe you.

    Which is pretty much the whole story of the entire last eight years of Republican misrule, now that I think of it.

    May 21, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  22. Haneef Shakur

    You gotta be kinding me. How soon we forget.

    May 21, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  23. Seattle Sue

    Dick Cheney is one of the most hated men in America! But he is number with me in sign language.

    May 21, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  24. Stef

    I think of him as Tricky Dick II, and I mean that with respect since I liked Nixon.

    May 21, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  25. Haneef Shakur

    You gotta be kidding me. How soon we forget.

    May 21, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
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