June 1st, 2010
03:25 PM ET
13 years ago

Gores have a history of high regard

(CNN) - When the public spotlight shined brightly on Al and Tipper Gore in 2000, a majority of Americans held them in high regard, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll conducted in June of that year. The light was likely blinding at times as then-Vice President Al Gore was running for his own four year presidential term.

The CNN/USA Today/Gallup survey, conducted 10 years ago this month, showed that 52 percent of Americans approved of the then-vice president, while 57 percent thought favorably of his wife.

After losing the presidential contest to then-Texas Gov. George Bush later that year, the former vice president stepped out of the public spotlight for several years before re-emerging as an influential voice warning about the dangers of global warming. And in 2004, after deciding not to run for the Democratic presidential nomination again, Gore stepped back into the political spotlight when he endorsed Howard Dean for his party's nomination.

Later, Gore's best-selling book about global warming – "An Inconvenient Truth" – was the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary film.

The most recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll on Al Gore, taken in December 2009, showed that 52 percent of Americans had a favorable opinion of the former vice president. And 50 percent of Americans, surveyed by CNN/Opinion Research Corporation in January 2009, said that if Gore had been elected in 2000, the U.S. would have been better off, while 27 percent responded the country would be worse off and 22 percent added things would be about the same.

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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Geoz

    Sad. Just sorry to see it.
    Peace to the family.

    June 1, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Angus McDugan

    Among sheeple but not among intelligent people (not to be confused with educated people). You see, intelligent people can think for themselves and education only implies that someone has jumped through the hoops a liberal biased system get gain a pedigree.

    Intelligent people have no respect for Al Gore.

    June 1, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Dave

    However, Al is in low regard due to his ties to the IPCC and their corrupt findings and his constant pushing of it to enrich himself.

    June 1, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Obozo's Record Deficit + Higher Taxes

    Al Gore was and is a political hack.

    He is egoistical (ah lah OBOZO) and is a proven liar.

    GORE, who positioned himself through connections, to make BILLIONS of dollars off the Global Warming HYPE.

    Funny, the biggest advocate stood to make the biggest $$$$.

    Al Gore is full of hot air, so it's no wonder that TIPPER finally got tired of the old wind bag.

    Al and Hillary would make a good couple.

    June 1, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. beevee

    These are two decent people who hit a rough patch in their personal lives. Hope there is not another woman that is behind their separation.

    June 1, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. S Callahan

    WHO , pray tell, took the poll? Someone is screening a select few and not the majority in America...and certainly aren't aware of what people say in their communities.....lol ..high regard?....right.

    June 1, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. obama victim

    hope Al put his money in a "lock box"

    June 1, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. Steve in North Carolina

    While I never cared much for Al's politics, I feel bad that he and Tipper are seperating after 40 years. That's gotta be tough!

    June 1, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. NVa Native

    There are many who try to insult Gore because he stood up for environmental issues and real science. So of course the same slimey creatures want to take pleasure in any unfortunate part of his life. The fact is that the Gores have devoted forty years to a relationship and have now (for personal reasons) decided to respectfully agreed to seperate – oh how horrible – no drama for the parasites at fox media – how sad for fox.
    So many of these sick people love to slander Gore, but then give praise for vermin like Limbaugh, Beck, Coulter, and the rest who care nothing for truth or facts. Such a display of perversion by these right-wingers is the norm. And how many wives, boyfriends, or cleaning ladies do these neo-con celebrities go through?

    June 1, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. debra

    don't you mean he flat out lied about global warming? And don't forget tiiper wanted to ban 1st ammendment rights on music recordings.....how soon we forget

    June 1, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. Senator

    'Gores have a history of high regard' Yea but everyone has a REAL life, and that's not a negative, it just means that once off the Stage your just who you are and nothing that special.

    June 1, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. Ram

    Elders should be examples for young people to show family values. What they gain, if they are going to marry again with another person of same age?. I will be happy, if they don't marry again and spend the remaining years for finding out the spiritual life and God. I had Grand Father who married for 80 Years and died. That makes difference. God bless them with good health.

    June 1, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. Marta

    The babyboomers are in panic. Aging and mortality are right around the corner. Women are trying to cope with menopause and men might also have hormonal and other health issues. Al and Tipper Gore are no exceptions..they're human like the rest of us. Going through the 50-ies is the most difficult life transition that is not easy to cope with. Children are leaving the nest and parents are ailing..and we find ourselves with all kinds of health problems too..these years are life-altering. I expect an epidemic of divorce amongst aging baby-boomer couples. Thanks

    June 1, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. Ojan

    What's wrong with prople that win Oscar. There are so many people have been seperated from their partners as soon as they win the golden boy.

    June 1, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. Christina Astorga

    In the wear and tear of time, even the best of marriages can break.
    It is sad. But as all things human, it is fragile and imperfect. There are things that do not last forever. But hope springs eternal. Who knows? They just need to keep some distance. And their love and passion might be rekindled. There is hope for the flowers– the caterpillar turns into a butterfly.


    June 1, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. Orlando r.

    He did win in florida....PERIOD! im convinced we would have been better off if Gore was president..

    June 1, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Willy Brown

    A political marriage that was never love in the first place. You don’t walk away after 40 years and say adios amigo!

    June 1, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. LIP

    I don't agree with him on global warming due to the fact that we are still emerging from the Little Ice Age...ask any anthropogist or archaeologist or glaciologist...they will all agree.
    Gore did do a good job as VP though and is probably his only credible job. Thank God he didn't make it to President.

    June 1, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. SocialismBad

    High regard for Al Gore?! OF COURSE! He INVENTED the internet!! And now he's going to save us all from global warming as the earth's temperature FALLS! He's a bloody GENIUS!!! Or more likely, we're dolts for even listening to a word he says.

    June 1, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. Naqib

    I suppose it would get old living in a world of hypocracy every day...
    Best wishes to them both...

    I guess rock music didn't destroy America... Tipper was wrong there... maybe the flying around in large jets and getting picked up by 15 car motor cades to sell the world on global warming (oops... climate change) just got to be more than she could take...

    June 1, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. Lori in St Pete

    On the Barbara Bush thread, several rethugliban made hateful comments about "libruls" and the mean things they were saying about Ms. Bush. However, reading through the comments, all of the comments that weren't from the hateful rethugliban were positive, including many posted by those who clearly stated they had no love for her dad.

    On the other Al Gore thread, it's wall to wall hateful rethugliban comments. What a bunch of hypocritical little crybabies.

    June 1, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. isobareng

    I heard that he invented divorce

    June 1, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The Gore's didn't ask me if they could get married and they didn't ask me if they should separate. With that said I wish them both the best that life has to offer.

    June 1, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. Obama the liar

    Gore is a bi-polar environmentalist loony nut job. The debate is over.

    June 1, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. nenecats Houston

    Best to the both of them. Hope they do remain good friends.

    June 1, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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