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. Juanita

    Can someone please explain to me why it is even relevant whether Dick Cheney is viewed favorably or not? He is no longer in office, and holds no position of power. He should step back and allow those who are currently in office do their job. Ridiculous.

    May 21, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. It could happen

    More people have begun to ask themselves the question:
    What if Cheney's right?

    May 21, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. Mark Cross Junction VA

    Because he has a big set and Obama has no ba##s.

    May 21, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. Joe Merchant

    Dick Cheney needs to be in prison along with Bush and rumpsfelt
    for war crimes.

    May 21, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. luan isuffi

    Where are you getting those numbers from?
    Sarah Palin Wasilia News?
    How can this arrogant ,incompetent lying thief get
    any positive number-only from his HALLIBURTON BUDDIES.

    May 21, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. Jefe

    Freedom of Speech is great, but I'm not so sure former vice-presidents should be in the media, acting as subversives against the sitting president. I don't remember Al Gore actively undermining George W Bush while he was president.

    May 21, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  7. Bill in Philly

    How painful this must be to the democratic traitors in congress to see real Americans embrace this patriot. They try to snach defeat from total victory in Iraq, only to see Pelosi (would someone please waterboard her?) and the gang crater in public opinion. Obama would be wise to continue to take direction on security and defense from this patriot.

    May 21, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  8. suresh

    What is wrong with these 41% americans to approve this guy who opt out a CIA agent for political gains, who lied to the nation to get us in Iraq so that his oil friends can have access to second largest oil deposits in the world, who arranged no bid contract for his former company Haliburton. I can go on and on. Actually this guy should be in the jail.

    May 21, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. chesapeakephil

    favorable poll numbers from wacko's maybe. could be palindrones.

    May 21, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. Tom

    Very simply, God Bless Dick Cheney.

    May 21, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. tina

    Cheney's right, Obama is naive!

    May 21, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  12. Amy

    It seems the American public has a short memory. It seems absence is making the heart grow fonder for Cheney. I still feel that he is a war criminal.

    May 21, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  13. Melissa

    Yeah well, those people are idiots. Cheney needs to be in prison for his war crimes, not on the stage.

    May 21, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  14. Don

    This would have to be a poll based on die-hard republicans. The man is a criminal

    May 21, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  15. Truth

    it will keep rising. this guy has the guts to fight back against the lying smears of Obamaniacs.

    May 21, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  16. itbeme

    Cheney is an idiot who needs to realize he isn't in the White House anymore.

    Everytime I hear or see him, the old saying "I think he doth protest to much" comes to mind. Seems to me, he's awful worried about what may come out if Obama should press for a real investigation into the torture issue

    May 21, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. jkeyes

    It is about time a Republican had the cajones too really stand up and speak out about the nonsense that is coming out of this administration.

    May 21, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  18. Hiser

    This is not hard to understand, us conservatives are looking, hoping, praying for a conservative leader to take a stand against and contrast the fasist policies of King Obama the arrogant.

    May 21, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  19. Johnathan S.

    Thirty seven percent of the people also believe in the devil. Congrat's, Dick!

    May 21, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  20. PorchMonkey

    Dick Cheney's is a god, not The God but A god.

    May 21, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  21. robert burton

    I do not believe the polls. This ruthless has been needs to go back into his secure bunker and accept the new President Obama. He had his chance as co-president and he blew it. Tuck your tail and go home!!!

    May 21, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. Jill-IN

    I wish that when CNN reports on polls, that you would indicate how many people were polled and in certain states or every state for example. Also how were the people contacted. What value is it to say 55% think this or that - if it is 55% of 1500 people, I don't really consider it of value.

    May 21, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. librarian

    He should be in JAIL, not parading in front of the press, defending torture and trying literally to get away with murder. Shame, shame, shame !

    May 21, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. MrPragmatic

    This doesn't change the fact that the man is evil and ill-informed. He's still a danger to this country and should be charged with war crimes.

    May 21, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
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