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Cheney 9% Approval: Not Exactly


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:

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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.

Typos corrected

UPDATE: Charles Franklin's analysis of Cheney's approval ratings added 4/26.

 

Comments

I am no fan of Harry Reid but it seems that he was probably being a little rhetorical here.

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With approval ratings this miserable, to jump on Reid is clearly a flght from reality and a silly atempt at a diversion.
1. Cheney makes dumb remark
2. Reid laughs and refuses to engage in childish nonsense but gets stats wrong.
3. The right jumps on the stats and ignores what America feels about Iraq, Bush, Cheney.
4. Now, satisfied that they "got him," they gloat and continue their downward spiral.

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Bugz:

Maybe he was referring to Congress' approval rating...

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Gekkobear:

I'd debate Fred Lapides' "attack dog" methods, but I'm not getting onto a name-calling argument with some nameless yahoo on the internet.

* avoided name calling as much as Reid did *

You know, calling someone names while declaring that you're avoiding "name calling" looks just as stupid when I do it as when Reid does it, doesn't it?

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Martin L Shoemaker:

Perhaps, Ron; but looking at the polls for Senator Reid (http://pollingreport.com/R.htm) makes it all look pretty petty on the Senator's part. The only comparable poll available for comparable time periods is the Harris poll:

"How would you rate the job Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is doing: excellent, pretty good, only fair, or poor?"

Excellent/Pretty Good: 23

Only Fair/Poor: 47

Fewer people approve of Senator Reid, and a whopping 30% don't know anything about him at all.

If the Senator is going to use poll strength as a measure of whose opinion is valid, then he just knocked himself right out of contention.

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Steve:

Leadership is not a popularity contest.

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Of course Reid won't engage Cheney, Dems don't dare have a substantive debate about the effects of surrendering Iraq to Al Qaeda.

Rudy is going to carve them into little pieces on this.

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Fred:

Doesn't Reid remind you of Mr. Magoo? What a first class crook and coward!

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Grant:

"Leadership is not a popularity contest."

American politics involves very little, if any, leadership.

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Brennan:

You won't hear much more from the Democrats on this one. Only 4 months into power, their Congressional overall approval rating is around 36%. It tooks the Reps, years to get it that bad. People who live in glass houses, shouldn't throw stones, Harry.

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"Satisfied that they "got him," they gloat and continue their downward spiral."

Actually that sounds like a classic leftist strategy. "Nameless yahoo" does indeed seem to sum this one up.

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I am reminded that Senator McCarthy always had different (and thus at least usually false) numbers for how many Communists were in various federal departments. The standard explanation was that he figured that, instead of people asking whether he was right that Communists were in the State Department, they would ask, "how many Communists are in the State Department?"

On that note, Reid, with his silly incorrect poll figure, has gotten you all to debate the issue he wants you to: How unpopular is Dick Cheney? Instead of debating, How insane is Harry Reid's plan to announce a surrender date?

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Clark:

MP,

You should link Harry Screed's approval rating too. I'm guessing they are about the same as Cheney's.

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Richard Cheney:

I'm not going to get into a name-calling match with a guy who wears a bow-tie that spins like a propeller and big floppy red shoes.

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Wes:

Brennan, I hope you realize that those congressional ratings are moving UP from the lows from Republican control. Not falling over time, as you imply with your comment. Democrats did not get the luxury of starting with a blank slate.

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buddy larsen:

Rudy gonna eat these little people for lunch, alright.

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Tlaloc:

There may be a big house effect here.

The NYT poll 3/7-11/2007 (n=1362) had cheney's approval rating at 18%

http://graphics.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/national/20070313_pollresults.pdf

Now granted 18% is still not 9% but it's also a long ways from 34%

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Hillster:

My question is this:

How does the leader of what is often referred to as the world's greatest deliberative body, answer a pertinent question with we do not have to listen to him, because he is not one of the popular people?

This is an answer worthy of a school child.

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Dr. Don Key:

The point Reid was making was that Cheney has lost all credability and political capital. Reid's hyperbole wasn't entirely accurate, but the gist was correct. Cheney is wise to not run for president - at this juncture, he probably couldn't even win Wyoming.

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Dr. Don Key:

response to: (TallDave | April 25, 2007 11:50 AM)

First, there were no organized terrorist groups in Iraq, before George McChimp attacked it.

Secondly, the only thing Rudy should carve is a hairpiece for himself.

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Jon:

all you GOP out there are right - harry reid's low ratings totally justify cheney's behavior. This administration is running perfectly, just like the republican controlled congress - before those rotten democrats ruined it all... People in glass houses shouldn't through stones.

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Jon:

By the way - congress's approval rating peaked at around 60 percent in 2002 and has been falling since november that year. Can you guess what happened in November that year? Republicans took control of congress! You GOP mudslingers should do a little research before being so quick to blame the low approval rating on the democrats.

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