Eric Dienstfrey | April 3, 2009
USA Today / Gallup
3/27-29/09; 1,007 adults, 3% margin of error
Mode: Live Telephone Interviews
Favorable / Unfavorable
Bush: 35 / 63 (Jan 09: 40 / 59)
Cheney: 30 / 63 (July 07: 30 / 62)
"Bush and Cheney have only begun to emerge publicly after departing Washington, D.C., in January. Thus far, Bush has promised to stay out of the political fray while Cheney has stepped squarely back into it. If this distinction holds over time, it could conceivably contribute to a divergence in how Americans perceive the two -- with Bush's personal image among Democrats softening while views toward Cheney become even more polarized. Of course, other factors will come into play as Bush and Cheney establish their post-presidential roles in public affairs, and as the Bush presidency continues to be assessed. At this early juncture, however, public attitudes about the two former leaders have not yet changed."