May 21st, 2009
12:08 PM ET
10 years ago

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. hypocrites_are_everywhere

    Hey Dick, the kickbacks from the uncontested contractor Halliburton came yet? 🙂

    May 21, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. Joe

    37% of the people are just plain stupid.

    May 21, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. Baze

    it's also very admirable that Cheney is standing up to Obama's call for accountability.

    May 21, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. Brandon (Wilmington, NC)

    Let him go hunting with me...I can't tell you how much I despise that man, to the point it almost sickens me.

    May 21, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  5. believe it

    Cheney/Palin 2012!!!

    May 21, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. DT

    Why is he still making speeches? Wont he just go away?

    May 21, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. jwn in south carolina

    YUK!

    May 21, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. SOL

    finaly America is waking up!!!!!

    May 21, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. Claudia in Houson

    Dick Cheney does nothing the change the world image of our country that President Obama and his administration are working to change. If Dick Cheney had his way he would continue to spread hate of Americans around the world and take us backwards, we don't need him.

    May 21, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  10. Seriously@cnn.com

    This is news....? Wow, that's like saying you now have a 41% chance of not dying verses 37%. I see how that is good news. Everytime I visit CNN it reminds me why I stay away for so long.

    How about the fact that the "unfavorable" tick went up 2%... was there a +8/-8 on the first poll and now a +2/-2 ?

    Seriously....

    May 21, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  11. John Q. Public

    Dick is trying to humanize himself after so many years of being behind the scenes of the administration in order to avoid ideas of criminal prosecution. Why the media is giving him any credibility to even be interviewed is a crime in itself.

    May 21, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  12. Irma in North Carolina

    This guy needs to be locked up in a Room with Rush. Wonder how come Bush doesnt have anything to say about this.

    May 21, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. Tate

    Because he is correct and does not govern based on polls. He has been proven right on everything since leaving. Bush and Cheney will be looked at much more favorably than BO 30 years from now. If there is another terror attack because of Bo, he should be tried for treason.

    May 21, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  14. virginia nielsen

    Is he still around trying to justify his crimes ? He is lucky that the Dems are the ones in power otherwise he would be in jail already !!! Dart Vader must go away !!!

    May 21, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  15. Larry Kazal

    I don't understand why this man is still permitted to be operating in government-related functions. He should be tried for crimes against humanity, found guilty and incarcerated.

    May 21, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  16. MDM-VA Real

    Cheney is Evil.....Evil...Evil
    He is also scared that all of his manipulation of GWB is going to come out.

    Cheney is Evil

    May 21, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. Rachel Sears

    Dick Cheney's favorable opinion went up–so what? I'm sure the devil's favorable opinion would go up slightly after being out of office 5 months as well. The man is a war criminal. I seriously doubt his ratings will increase any further.

    May 21, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  18. Sniffit

    GOPers claiming CNN only polled Dems in 3...2...1...

    May 21, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  19. Bill ~ Down on the Bayou

    Some day, i pray it's not to late' people will come to realize that Dick Cheney has been 100% right and that frigging obama is just another clueless babbling idiot.

    May 21, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  20. F-Dog

    This article could also have been titled "Cheney still hated by majority of Americans"

    May 21, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  21. Chris ~ Albany, NY

    Well it's just the base of the party supporting their man...nothing more. More level headed educated people understand that this man and his administration is going down as the worst in history!

    May 21, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  22. Mike

    Maybe he can now run for president?

    May 21, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  23. Mayberry,Québec, Canada

    HE should be in Guantanamo Bay.

    May 21, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  24. lieNoMore

    So concentration camps are now politically popular? And gross violations and disrespect of our Country's great Constitution and our founders ideals have become fodder for phony pinhead idiots like Cheney??

    The media should be ashamed of itself. This guy is no conservative he is an apparatchik.

    May 21, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  25. Steve

    Ah, yes, CNN continues its love affair with one of the most despicable pieces of dirt to ever hold office in America. Says as much about CNN's politics as it does Cheney.

    May 21, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
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