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. Jim - Kingston, Pa

    Dick Cheney is a scumbag....I cannot describe him in any other fashion..

    May 21, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. Tom

    The Prince of Darkness should go away and stay away and keep his mouth shut.

    May 21, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  3. jim Marlowe New York, NY

    He should just be tried by the world court and we can be done hearing about him.

    May 21, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  4. Look Forward

    Keep on talking, Dick. You are the carnival barker for hate and intolerance and your unquenchable thirst for media attention is hastening the demise of the Republican party.

    May 21, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  5. Chad

    38 % is good? Wow thats like getting an F+ !

    May 21, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  6. elliott

    Cheney is a good man....the press has tried to make an animal out of him....all lies.

    May 21, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  7. Sam

    Sad. . .

    May 21, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. Larry

    The Nazi party also increased in popularity by the same 8%.

    May 21, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  9. david

    at least he is an american,,,,unlike osama obama.....who makes hitler look like jesus christ

    May 21, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. Erik in Real Pennsylvania

    He's an evil thing. Brilliant, but evil.

    May 21, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  11. Simon

    37% of Americans have a favourable opinion of this monster?

    What is the matter with you people?????

    May 21, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  12. dark days

    There's only one direction you can go, Dick. UP!!

    May 21, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. Tomas E

    Oh give me a break! If he is more favorable, than I guess it is time to waterboard the poll participants and wake them up. Amazing what fear does in our country and taints how we see things.

    May 21, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. JayW

    Cheney was a lier when he was in office and he's a lier now. So if his favorable poll numbers are moving up, it just means that people are less discerning about what he says now that he's out of office.

    May 21, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  15. John

    Are you kidding me, Cheney has no credibility what so ever. he shot a man for goodness sake. "We will be greeted as liberators". There is no doubt that Iraq has reconstituted its nuclear program". Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld and the whole stinking crew should be hanged just like Saddam.

    May 21, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Could it be that we actually know that he is talking for himself rather than through his puppet George? That might be one thing to the rising numbers. It could also be that he is no longer responsible and venting.

    May 21, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  17. Dave

    Check Cheney's fav orable rating gain against the percentage of those rating him favorably who didn't graduate from high school. that could explain the 8 percent

    May 21, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  18. Oh My!

    Folks only time will tell when this is all said and done about Cheney. We will see who knows what and who knows what is going on in country. I have a pretty good idea who that will be.

    May 21, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. Bananarama Victim II: Electric Boogaloo

    Wow. That's great news for him. He'll probably celebrate by throwing a burlap bag full of kittens in the ocean.

    Good job Mr. Cheney.

    May 21, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  20. Keith A Sillsbury

    I don't know who they were polling but, no way no how. Dick is just that.
    He needs to write his book on how to shoot freinds and go away. We've had enough of his failed policies.

    May 21, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  21. Mark

    Nobody polled me.... Cheney is a complete and utter moron who needs to retire before his heart explodes!! On second thought...keep talking Cheney.....

    May 21, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  22. lb

    i have a very favorable opinion of the former vice president.

    May 21, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  23. Ellen Scott

    I guess you really can fool some of the people all of the time...

    May 21, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  24. The Broker.

    But CCN's opinion is not my opinion. You don't program me!!!

    May 21, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  25. David in Houston

    All this proves is that we have short attention spans. Dick Cheney is a war criminal who managed to sink this country in a mere eight years.

    Wake up, people.

    May 21, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
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