Poll: Cheney Not the Leader of the GOP
By Jon Cohen
Dick Cheney wrapped up his tenure as vice president with an approval rating a hair below that of the broadly unpopular president he served, winning the support of just 30 percent of Americans in a January Washington Post-ABC News poll. (President Bush finished up at 33 percent in Post-ABC polling.)
The country's former No. 2 earned overwhelmingly low marks from Democrats (just 9 percent approved) as he prepared to leave office; most independents were also aligned in opposition (31 percent approved; 59 percent disapproved). He did rate 58 percent approval among his fellow Republicans, though only about half of those who viewed his job performance positively said they felt so "strongly."
Today, virtually no one sees him as the primary voice of the Republican Party. In a new Pew poll, one solitary respondent out of 1,308 interviewed said Cheney is the leader of the GOP.
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