Washington (CNN) - Nearly half of all Americans have an unfavorable view of former Vice President Al Gore, according to a new national poll.
A Gallup survey released Wednesday indicates that 49 percent of the public holds an unfavorable view of Gore, with 44 percent saying they see him in a favorable light.
The 44 percent favorable rating is down 14 points from October 2007, the last time Gallup polled on Gore, which was soon after he was named the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
The new survey was conducted after the announcement that Gore and his wife Tipper were separating, and after the announcement of a police investigation in Oregon into allegations that he committed a sexual assault in 2006. A Gore spokesman says the former vice president denies the accusations.
Gore had a 52 percent favorable rating in CNN's most recent poll on the former vice president, which was conducted last December.
As for Gore's successors, former Vice President Dick Cheney's favorable rating stands at 36 percent, with 52 percent saying they have an unfavorable view of Cheney.
Forty-three percent of those questioned say they have a favorable view of Vice President Joe Biden, with 41 percent seeing him in a unfavorable light.
The Gallup poll was conducted July 8-11, with 1,020 adults questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.