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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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