December 22nd, 2008
04:04 PM ET
14 years ago

Poll: One in five think Cheney is worst VP in U.S. history

[cnn-photo-caption image= 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.

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soundoff (233 Responses)
  1. Paul Reilly

    Dick Cheny is not only the worst VP ever but one of the worst people ever. He has no respect for freedom of speech, opinions that differ from his own, the Constitution or the basic principles that made this country great. Dictatorships throughout the world would welcome him.
    How many young people have needlessly died because of his arrogance?

    December 22, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. Lindy

    I do not sense he was a good vice president. Very articulate, but not in touch with the world. For some bloggers to say they wished his ticker would stop, well that is about as low as you can get. Either those people are drunk at the keyboard are they need to seek help.

    I did not vote either time for Bush. But I think he is a good person. I am not he only one...ask Vladimir Putin, he said the same thing.

    December 22, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. Jillian

    I really can't believe they would design questions in this way. I can't stand Cheney but I find it hard to say that he was worse than Nixon's VP who was placed in jail. Of course the fact that he looks evil and scary makes it hard to choose any of the other answer options.

    December 22, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  4. Lola from the left coast

    This man qualifies for the Douch-Bag of the Century award, and it's only 2009 (almost.) Go away and stay away.

    December 22, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. Sena

    I honestly couldn't answer this poll since I don't know enough about the former vice presidents of our country or Cheney. I have a hard time believing that even 1 in 5 of those polled could name more than 3 former vice presidents. Do a poll of US history professors and report on that; those results would be interesting news. Asking the public this question in this political climate is a waste of time, because it seems like it was more of an opportunity for people to vent about their discontent with the current VP rather than consider his work as compared to others. This article should be titled, "Another popularity poll even though you can already guess the outcome."

    December 22, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  6. Shannon

    that's all, the man is evil, pure evil!

    December 22, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  7. SR

    I didn't see this poll. Obviously it was posted on FOX NEWS by seeing the low number. Americans with any sense would poll that number near or at 100%. HE'S A CROOK AND A BLACK EYE IN AMERICAN HISTORY!!!

    December 22, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
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