[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/12/22/art.cheney1.gi.jpg caption="Cheney doesn’t get high marks in a new CNN/ORC poll."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new national poll suggests that one of out of five Americans think that Dick Cheney is the worst vice president in American history.
Twenty-three percent of those questioned in a CNN-Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday say that Cheney is the country's worst vice president, when compared to his predecessors. Another 41 percent feel that Cheney is a poor vice president, with 34 percent rating him a good number two.
Only 1 percent of those polled say that Cheney is the best vice president in U.S. history.
"On the Sunday talk shows, Cheney took on the job of making the affirmative case for the Bush legacy," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "But the messenger may be getting in the way of the message."
Cheney steps down as vice president on January 20. He will be succeeded by Vice President-elect Joe Biden.
He will leave office as one of the most powerful vice presidents in history. He played a crucial role in many of the Bush administration's crucial policies and was a major proponent of using and expanding executive powers.
"Cheney still has a lot of fans in the Republican party. Most Republicans nationwide said Cheney had been a good veep," Holland adds. "But six in ten independents and eight in tem Democrats gave Cheney a rating of 'poor' or 'worst ever.'"
In interviews this past weekend, the vice president said he was not troubled by polls that suggested he was unpopular and he was critical of those who spend too much time reading surveys.
The CNN/Opinion Research poll was conducted Friday through Sunday, with 1,013 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.