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Obama slips, Cheney gains in popularity, poll suggests

June 22, 2009 by  

Obama slips, Cheney gains in popularity, poll suggests A new poll released jointly by NBC and the Wall Street Journal has shown President Obama’s favorability ratings falling, while former vice president Dick Cheney appears to be gaining in popular opinion.

Since January, Obama’s ratings fell from 66 percent to 60 percent. This is how many respondents now have a very or somewhat positive view of the president, according to USA Today.

Meanwhile, Cheney’s ratings rose from 21 percent in December to 26 percent today.

Since leaving office, Cheney has made several high-profile comments criticizing the new administration and suggesting its policies are endangering the nation’s security.

While some have welcomed the former vice president’s statements, others suggested they are damaging to GOP’s image as the party still grapples for leaderships in the wake of a devastating defeat in last year’s general elections.

Gallup poll results, released earlier this month, suggested 9 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents see Cheney as "the main person who speaks for the Republican Party today," just behind Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich, at 10 percent each.

Meanwhile, 47 percent of respondents could not name a single person who in their view acts as the spokesperson for the GOP.

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  • Julie in VT

    Cheney up and Obama down? Stop the world, I wanna get off! Gads, this country is so full of idiots!

    • stan

      You got that right Julie! Look who they elected to be our current president!!!!!!!
      Stan in SC

  • Jenny

    of course Cheney is up and Obama is down…Cheney is trying to protect and serve justice to the terrorists and Obama is giving terrorists free permanent vacations in Burmuda…

    • http://none Ann Bier

      That’s pretty kooky.

      • Jenny

        Kooky it may be…but facts are facts…4 terrorists now reside in Bermuda thanks to President Obama giving Bermuda lots of cash…something like $200 million I think…I can’t imagine the verbal abuse Bush would have gotten from us if he had tried the same type of bribery…

        • Denise

          I can only wonder when he will be impeached because his paternal mother said,”Barrack was born in Kenya.”This means he can’t legally be a President of the USA.

      • stan

        No where near as kooky as someone believing you can borrow your way out of an economic crisis!

    • amyn duke

      Are you kidding me? No bid contracts et al ? Don’t fool yourself.Because it is the height of folly to assume that , our strategy in the last 8 yrs was the best way to fight the terrorist.
      Ofcourse, I very well can see your problem of tunnel vision.Travel around the world and learn more than what the news media and the ignorant politicians tell you.

  • http://none Ann Bier

    I don’t think you know much about these “terrorists”. Let me know when you have done some research.

    • Jenny

      I do know that they were captured in Afghanistan hanging out with others who are known terrorists trying to kill soldiers. Both President Bush and Obama have referred to them as terrorists, and the Chinese Government does too. So if they aren’t terrorists, then why won’t Obama let them loose in the U.S. rather than bribing Bermuda? Perhaps they should get a lawyer and fight the accusation…..personally, I hope they really AREN’T terrorists, then I’d feel slightly less angry about them going on a permanent vacation for 200 million bucks on the tax payer’s dime.

    • Dan

      what do you know about these terrorists and what is your opinion of all terrorists?

      • http://none Ann Bier

        These men cold not be returned to China.
        They were not terrorists and were warmly received in Bermuda where they will attempt to find jobs.
        I do not approve of terrorists if they can be proved to be such.

        • http://twitter foxmuldar

          Thats BS, The folks who live in Bermuda didn’t even know they were coming till they got there. The government of Bermuda was happy because they got millions of dollars from us Taxpayers. Maybe we should have sent them to your town Ann, and let them go free. Im sure your neighbors would be just as happy with them as you seem to be. Wise up lady. they would cut your head off without thinking twice.

  • s c

    W H Y do people waste time with popularity polls? Cheney’s ratings won’t change anything. The idea that a sitting pres has value because he has high numbers is bunk. When it comes to politicians, some people will look at their ‘leaders’ with rose-colored glasses until the day they die. If polls were objective, this would be a
    different world. Judge politicians in particular by what they do AND by what they don’t do. Most polls are step-children of works of fiction. See them for what they are. After all these decades, you’ll still find airhead dreamers and losers who think Hitler and Stalin were wonderful. Grow up, people. Most polls are third-rate C R A P.

    • Joanie

      Right on!

  • http://none Ann Bier

    $200 million was not spent.

    • http://twitter foxmuldar

      Ann you sound like an accorn operative. or perhaps your on the Obama payroll. What do you think these guy were doing out there on the battlefield. Picking daisys? lol

      • http://none Ann Bier

        I’m on Obama’s payroll to the extent that I contributed to his campaign.
        Acorn’s role is distorted.
        I do not think $200 million was paid.
        I do not think they were picking daisies.

        • http://twitter foxmuldar

          Acorns role is not distorted Ann. Obama now wants Acorn to participate in the census. A number of states have investigations in progress charging Acorn with voting violations. Now they want to be involved with running the census which continues to ask even more personal information that no citizens should have to answer. Hey ann, how many toilets do you have in your house. How far do you drive to work. What brand of toothpaste do you use? Thats not the original intent of the census. Acorn will fudge the information just as they fudged voter registrations. As for the terrorist, what do you think they might have been doing there on the battlefield? Would you want them living next door to you. Ask the folks in Bermuda if they even knew these terrorist were going to end up living with them? I presume then you think all gitmo detainees are innocent bystanders. Wake up Ann, they would be happy to cut your head off if they had the chance. Ok Ann, go back to your love affair with Obama. I’m not a bush fan, but next to Obama, I see a clear difference. Bush was concerned about our security, Obama cares less. Obama wants to send 1500 National guard volunteers down to the mexican boarder,UNARMED. Think about that.

  • Joanie

    Obama’s “popularity” will continue to decline as ore and more people grapple with who he really is. He never said who he was and was not forthright in stating what he really believes. When they surface as they are beginning to, it will plummet. Yes, there are those who are hanging onto the belief that the messiah really knows what he is doing in the hopes that it will better serve us all, but they will be proven wrong. This dude is a Socialist with heavy Marxist leanings and that will become evident within a year or so even to most of the dullards who caste their vote for him. He is a traitor to American principles and the one and only truly UNAMERICAN president that we have ever had! I have lived under 11 other presidents, not all of them good, but this one tops the cake.

    • amyn duke

      Just imagine yourself saying that you have a terrorist as president of the u.s. Calling your president communist and marxist leanings just tells the size of your head.
      The adage says: If you get to a country and the citizens call their president trash, then you can bet the people are called trash bags.
      You got to find somewhere to put the trash…. and it can be any other thing than trash bags or something similar.
      So quit the trash talk, it only makes you one if you don’t. Lots of love.

      • Joanie

        Well, you are certainly free in loving your messiah. I had already had another savior before he came on the scene.
        The problem goes much deeper in that one cannot even express discontent with this guy. Just like during the campaign, I felt (many others I know also felt similarly) that I couldn’t place an opponent’s bumper sticker on my car, for fear of vandalism.
        So he’s in– be happy for yourselves since you love him so much, but don’t expect that everyone in the world is going to feel the same way and that’s our privilege, unless your guy intends on eroding that right. And I have serious concerns that he might! Look at his quickness in condemning the coup against Zelaya in Honduras. I think that the guy is afraid of a domino effect that will land at his doorstep.
        Finally, if you do not fully appreciate that this guy was elected because Bush was incorrectly made to be responsible for the economic meltdown, when in fact it is the very powers who funded Obama that are responsible– Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac. You can say all you want about banks being greedy, but Congress had them by the balls and they couldn’t do as much as they wanted to stop unqualified folks from getting loans. It happened in my own neighborhood. There’s a track not far from me with many new 5 and 6 BR homes. Well, a nice chunk of them are in foreclosure. I look at those people and wonder why THEY were greedy for more than they could afford. I blame them. The banks didn’t put a gun to their head and force them to sign on the dotted line.
        The following is a letter attributed to have been written by someone else, but rest assured that many AMERICANS feel the same way.

        To Obama:
        You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.

        You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support.

        You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.

        You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.

        You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus you do not understand it at its core.

        You scare me because you lack humility and ‘class’, always blaming others, blaming America in general and apologizing for us. And watching recent news, it does not appear that even that is working well for you or us!

        You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.

        You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the ‘blame America’ crowd and deliver this message abroad.

        You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.

        You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.

        You scare me because you prefer ‘wind mills’ to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.

        You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.

        You scare me because you have begun to use ‘extortion’ tactics against certain banks and corporations.

        You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.

        You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.

        You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.

        You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.

        You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O’Relllys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.

        You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.

        Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 4 years.

        And lots of love to you, too, honey! Nothing personal against you in particular. It’s just that I don’t think this guy is good for America, in any way/shape/form.

        • Sylvia Rangel


          You are very smart person, I agree with you 100%.

          God Bless America.

    • http://none Ann Bier

      I’ll eat the cake.

      • Joanie

        I thought you would! It’s a free country.

        • http://none Ann Bier

          Okay Indonesia isn’t America but I didn’t know Hawaii wasn’t.

      • Joanie

        I believe that you are referring is the following. As I stated, I did not write it. It has been attributed to a successful business man:
        “You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and CULTURALLY you are not an American.”

        And that would hold true. You are what you have picked up during formative years and he was not in Hawaii during much of his formative life.

  • John Hamer

    President Obama inherited a recession, gitmo, 2 wars, one of our worst recessions, world wide unpopularity, an inflammatory relationship between muslims, christians and jews and a lot of debt. He does not preach hate or intolerance and I believe his intentions are good. He is not a god. It might take a while to calm things down, then again maybe nobody will be able to do that. I would just like to ask all the respondents to take a look at whatever media you use to evaluate the world status and it’s leaders, get out a note book and keep track of the times someone is disparaged and how many times you listen to what the moderator/commentator is saying about some popular figure and keep a record of the times you feel hatred towards someone after listening to the commentator. Then listen to Obama speak and do the same.

    Best to all of you. I hope everyone has a plan B because the world is a bit messed up right now.

    John Hamer

    • Jenny

      Yes…he inherited all those things (as I remember…he volunteered to run for President and promised to fix all this stuff)..instead… he is responsible for quadrupling the national debt…he is responsible for creating the biggest deficit in history…many screamed and screamed at Bush for jacking up deficits (myself included). But it’s totally cool for Obama to quadruple it?
      Bush inherited a recession, inherited the radical muslim terrorist problem..(remember that the world trade center was first bombed while Clinton was in office…as well as the bombing of the USS Cole…bombing of the US Embassy in Africa…Somalia…President Clinton handled this stuff like a regular criminal a result…Bush got 9-11)…All these are facts…anyone protecting any administration from scrutiny is admitting that the administration is weak, inexperienced and can’t handle the job….Obama wanted the Presidency…no one hid anything from him…he claimed to know all the facts and knew how to fix it all…now he got what he wanted…we’ve given him a chance….so he needs to quit getting on TV and whining about how it’s not his fault and get it fixed…..much as Bush irritated me..I never heard him whine about how he inherited stuff and how it wasn’t his fault…

      • http://none Ann Bier

        No he was too busy having people tortured and making us less safe since the tortured-some of whom had no animus toward us surely did afterward. See military commander who gave one of them a big(29″ tv?) when he left.

        • Jenny

          Typical…..Obama runs up historical levels of deficit and your reply is “Bush tortured people.”

          Judging by your reply…I’d say that you forgot that the world trade center was bombed before Bush was in Office, the USS Cole was bombed before Bush was in office..the American Embassy in Africa was bombed before Bush was in office, and 9/11 happened BEFORE Guantanamo Bay and BEFORE water boarding (torture) was used, and before Abu-Graib, BEFORE the Iraq war and BEFORE the Afghanistan war….I suppose it wouldn’t occur to anyone that the only people responsible for terrorism is terrorists….

  • Dolores Fleming

    I believe Obama is heading for a fall.He said he inherited the big deficit.He voted for Bushs stimulus plan that put this country deep in debt and now his stimulous plan is putting this country deeper in debt that our grandchildren and there grand children will be paying for it.Obama can not be president of these the united states because he is not a natural born citizen of the United states.Obama was born in kenya,his grandmother in kenya of which he has never actknowledge has said that she attended his birth.Obama talked about a birth certificate he carrys around with him in the book he wrote Dreams of my Father.He wrote the book because after his mother died his father took him to Indoneshia where he left Obama top be adopted.Who adopted him?Obama is also a muslim his spokes person Gibbs has said Obama is a muslim but not a practicing one.It has also been said that that Obama is the anti christ and if elected president great harm will come to our country the United States of America.Make Obama show that birth certificate and prove he is a natural born citizen of the united states of America.

    • http://none Ann Bier

      I was surprised to learn he was born in Kenya.

    • http://none Ann Bier

      You need a spellchecker.
      I’m sure you will find he has a stamped birth certificate from Hawaii which has been a state since 1959 I believe.


    I agree with Glen Beck, you can’t pick one person and blame him only . Obama is not a good president, but if they (Congress) wanted thengs fixed they would fix it, but right now the sorry state of affairs is directly on all or shoulders fro letting this goverment control us not the other way around. Obama is not leagl, he is a joke and should be gone. bush had backbone, but not the intelligence, Clinton was so dishonest and lacked anything that resembled a man of intigerty. They all (Obama and Congress)need to be fired, and made to return any and all salaries to help pay for thier failures. Term limits, is a start and only a start, to allow the people to control themselves.

    • http://none Ann Bier

      How come he is not legal? Bush was not legal.


        Obama was not born in this country, in fact, as I understand he was a child in Kenya, and declared a citizen of Kenya only in order to attend school there. He has been asked to prove his citizenship for this country, so he could be officially declared a legal president of the USA. He has not supplied, a birth certificate, or any form of proof that he can hold the office of president of the United States. He will not supply the required paperwork because it does not exist. He is therefore NOT a legal president of this country. Bush I do not know what you mean, all I can say about Bush is that he had a backbone and stood up for this country when we needed it. Now all we have are cowards, you do not have to do violence to have a backbone, just a will to do the proper action to protect your rights and freedoms. We have nothing, but weakness, and will to be lead like sheep to slathers.

        • http://none Ann Bier

          You need a spellchecker too.
          As far as I know the only time he has been in Kenya was to visit his relatives.
          Much ado was made about a cousin who was living on $1 a day. When asked he said he didn’t want Obama’s help.
          What kind of slathers are we being led to?

  • http://none Ann Bier

    Wow! I don’t think too many abide by these rules.

  • http://Anne JOHNTHE VETERAN

    You are right I need to spell check closer, but you need an IQ check, the law suite in Pilly is still in process because the man would not or could not present a legal certified birth Certificate. He has embarrassed my country to many times already. Like the bumper stickers, says Real Presidents do not apologize for their country. They stand up for and support their country. That is why they call them leaders, they lead a proud free country, I don’t think Osama Obama know what a leader is. He wants to be a banker, and force his rules on everyone else while using their money to push his ideas. My children and grandchildren deserve better, and they are going to be betrayed, by this country as long as that person is attempting to be president. How or should I say did you serve this country, I and a lot of other people did serve this country, however a few chosen states with a good purchase price bought this man the presidency. His supporters pushed Obama into the office, and now we will all have to pay for it. No one questions his intelligence, but he just doesn’t know what he is doing, and he is going to make bad chooses over and over again until someone pays the ultimate price, if they haven’t already. As I said before Bush made mistakes, but he had a backbone, more then anyone can say about Obama.
    The folding man for South American leaders, all the American hating leaders now have a GUTLESS GUMBY president in America. It is time we the people take our government back because we have hit rock bottom, now. I am embarrassed to be an American as long as that person is in the white house, belittling its stature even more then Clinton did, he just wanted money and was willing to sell the white house, Obama is just plain incapable. I would guess you are in or from Mass. That is Massachusetts for you English teachers. I have been around for 60 plus years and have seen about every kind of policial fraud but Gutless Gumby and the Acorn groups are sorry ,but not new or original. God help America please!

    • http://none Ann Bier

      I have not served this country other than voting and trying to be a good citizen.
      I still think you are mistaken about Obama’s birth certificate and would like to see further documentation.

  • http://none Ann Bier

    I don’t think Obama’s mother was ever in anyplace other than Hawaii when he was born.
    I was born in DC in 1927.

    • Sylvia Rangel

      Ann Bier,

      You are so stupid, you have to go and start elementary school, read our Constitution; after that you will learn who the traitor is.

      God Bless America.

  • http://Anne JOHNTHE VETERAN

    Believe, what you want, that is your right, provided by our founding fathers and backed up by thousands of lives given to insure your rights. Which is why, I am ashamed of what my country has become, and is being forced into even greater socialism. I admit I do not have the documentation, in front of me now. But there was a video, of a local government official in Philly that had the law suit started, normally I would want to see other information to support a claim like this. However, when the same person and a follow up story appeared on the TV news I accepted the story as true. I can only say check back with news services online; they should have records of it. I am busy with other life requirements, like doctor appointments at the VA. If you can find facts supporting your claims, I will apologize to you on this website, but I will be hard to convince, after seeing the original story. And the mans actions, in the company of Muslims, tell me he is more committed to their way of thinking, past the point of being polite. That is enough.

  • s c

    Obama, the King of Transparency, is now in Moscow. Did the prostitute media get a definition of transparency from him? Whatever it means to Obama, it doesn’t have the same meaning most Americans recognize. This trip means he’s going to lie to the world, in the hope that no one will care what he means. Obama is intent on
    re-defining any word that gets in his way [transparency, change, ethics, czar]. Once again, we’ve got a real ‘winner’ on our hands. No business experience plus no knowledge of economics plus a minimal vocabulary now equals the 2009 version of ‘the best and the brightest.’ If Obama is indicative of what Harvard gives America, Harvard needs to be a community college – and Obama belongs on talk radio, where he will fail once again.

  • rasfanta

    What is wrong with Americans? For eight years, Cheney was silently lying, stealing and killing our men and women fighting in the middle east. He did not feel he had to speak to us at all. Now, he can’t shut up. He is a hippocrite. What do Americans care what he has to say now, when the country is in ruins because of what he and his boss, george w. bush, did to this country?


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