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. Ernie

    Cheney's poll numbers may be rising but... the almost 4300 troops US troops and tens of thousand Iraqi's who have died as a result of his and G.W.'s stupidity can't vote!!

    May 21, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. Erik in Iowa City

    I hope the GOP latches onto Cheney; they'll never win another election.

    May 21, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. penpol2000

    There is a reason why democrats historically have low marks on national security..Mr. Obama needs to focus on the economy,the reason why he was elected, and leave national security to the republicans.

    May 21, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. nicole

    they must have polled republicans

    May 21, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. warren smith

    i wish this man would just goo a way
    he had his chance and look where it got us

    May 21, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. CRAIG

    Where did they take the poll? GOP HEADQUARTERS?

    May 21, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. AnnMM

    Proof positive that many American's just aren't that bright. History alone will show just how horrible the Bush/Cheney regime was. Until then the 60% of us with a 3 digit IQ and an ounce of common sense will just sit in revulsion and disgust at our fellow "Americans".

    May 21, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. Rick

    Those holding him in favor are probably the same ones who elected him and got us in this mess. Still, 41% in favor of him is not a good thing now is it. Wow, what a shocking result!

    May 21, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. Ephraim Ndemah

    The public certainly sees honesty and sincerity in Cheney's arguments, but I think that releasing Guantanamo detainees to foreign countries might just make it eassier for them to plot against the US if they want . Living in the US might, on the other hand, give them the feeling that they are being constantly watched.

    May 21, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. will

    Ha ha...their favorable ratings are going up because people are starting to realize what an idiot they elected and are missing the good ol' days.

    May 21, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. Michelle

    I, for one, am proud of Cheney. With Cheney you know what you're getting, Obama is very interested in keeping the Real Obama under wraps. Go Cheney!

    May 21, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. Debbie

    Only for Dick Cheney would 37% approval rating seem positive.

    May 21, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. JAS

    Who cares? He's not in power anymore ( that we know of ) and he and his family have nothing better to do that to plaster their own faces all over the media, who plays right into their hands. Please find something better to report on – I saw enough of his mug for the past 8 years thank you.

    May 21, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. Ali

    Why whole American people don't realize that Cheney is trying move media attention to something esle.

    May 21, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  15. lo

    Does this mean that all the lambasting of Cheney by the likes of CNN is another misreading of the American pulse by the mainstream media?

    May 21, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  16. Vigla

    Oooooooh, he's up 8 points! Now he's in the 30's! AMAZING!!!! Are we SERIOUS?

    May 21, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. JB

    Truth Hurts.

    May 21, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. doc PA

    Conservative News Network continues to give Dick Cheney loads of air and print time, much to the dismay of most Americans. Can someone tell Cheney his term is over and to please go into hiding like his former boss. We're not interested in the opinions of a war criminal, and a white collar criminal as well.

    May 21, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. andrew s. rostolder

    the evil emperor of the dark side just won't go away......

    May 21, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Next to 'Biden the Bonehead' ANYONE would start to seem good. Cheney is one of the few republicans who still has a backbone and says what he believes. If he was younger, he should run in 2012. He would definitely be an improvement over what we have.

    May 21, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. Barry in Maryland

    Wow!! Its a groundswell of support. 37% favorable rating for Cheney and 41% for Bush. Perhaps having such low ratings to start with mean they can only go up as short span memories of them fade away.

    May 21, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. Reilly Rix

    Appears that we are going to have Mr. Cheney around for awhile, whether we like it or not, rather like a persistent dose of a social disease.

    May 21, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. john

    Just shows how easily some people can be taken ! What next even more bull from the last 8 years ??? He just really needs to leave the only person here in the story that weakened America is dick Cheney!

    May 21, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. LacrosseMom

    NOW.......... THIS IS SCARY! However, there are 300 million Americans, and they polled 1,010. No one polls us, here in our state, because its solid "red". And there are millions of us who have no land-lines.

    May 21, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. Paul T.

    55% of the US population can't locate Europe on a globe/map. These same dolts believe what Jon Stewart and Time have told them about the former VP. "....but, haliburton!....he lied, people died!...."

    May 21, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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