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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.

Posted at 1:15 PM ET on Mar 16, 2009  | Category:  The Pollster
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Posted by: ztcb41 | March 17, 2009 11:47 AM

9% of,uh-hum,Democrats approving of Dick Cheney's performance as veep and post-veep shows that 9% of those who call themselves Democrats are subject to any kind of change at any time at the risk of their above 9% ignorance.This could be huge in any election cycle.Take note Obamanation!America is alive and not so least 9% of the time!

Posted by: klowry57 | March 16, 2009 8:35 PM

We still need to look into Michael Connell's mysterious fatal plane crash. He was a white house insider who was caught changing vote counts in Ohio. Probaly knew too much.

Posted by: rooster54 | March 16, 2009 7:17 PM

Mr. Libby wouldn't be hanging in the wind if the former VP would just man-up.

It's real simple Mr. Cheney, you don't ask your staff to break the law and then hope the President waves a magic wand.

You either let your boy twist in the breeze as his reward for personal loyalty to you or you have the cojones to step forward and protect one of your own by taking the hit yourself.

See you at the trial.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | March 16, 2009 4:09 PM

God doesn't say not to lock doors.

Posted by: JakeD | March 16, 2009 3:41 PM

Dick Cheney trusted the CEO's of the banks. I would bet he also believes in God, but he makes sure he locks his doors at night.. .............

Posted by: glclark4750 | March 16, 2009 3:07 PM


OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

Will the national press corps start doing some serious reporting on this...

...or at least ask Robert Gibbs about Sy Hersh's contention that U.S. government "black ops" against American citizens are still ongoing?

Is the authority to authorize such operations against Americans still vested in the White House? If not, when was such authority rescinded, and by whom? Are military, security and/or intel units "freelancing" without the President's knowledge?

That is a question that needs answering.


And John King: How could you NOT ask Cheney about this?

A true sin of omission that cannot be dismissed as inadvertent.

Was there a "deal" struck?

What would Wolf Blitzer have done?

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 16, 2009 1:43 PM

Of course he is not the leader of the GOP -- he is not the leader of the Democratic Party either and he is speaking now as a private citizen -- although I wished that he had run against Obama ; )

Posted by: JakeD | March 16, 2009 1:39 PM

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