Mark Blumenthal | April 25, 2007
In the widely covered exchange with Vice President Dick Cheney, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reportedly said:
"I'm not going to get into a name-calling match with somebody who has a 9 percent approval rating."
Perhaps that was a bit of rhetorical excess, because while Cheney's ratings are low, they are a long way from 9%. Here, via the Polling Report, are the four most recent measurements of the Vice President's job rating:
Note: the job approval questions posed by Time, Gallup and CNN ask whether respondents approve or disapprove. The choices on the Harris poll are excellent, pretty good, only fair and poor - the results here are for excellent/good and only fair/poor. Harris did report a 6% "excellent" rating for Cheney, but we don't think that's what Reid had in mind.
UPDATE: Charles Franklin's analysis of Cheney's approval ratings added 4/26.