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Vice President Biden Less Popular Than Dick Cheney

Friday, 24 Apr 2009 11:08 AM

By Dan C. Weil

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Vice President Joe Biden has a lower favorability rating than Dick Cheney did early in his tenure.

A new study from the Pew Research Center shows that 51 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of Biden now, compared to a 58 percent rating for Cheney in July 2001.

Biden also is behind Al Gore’s 55 percent showing in April 1993.

In January, Biden had a 63 percent favorability rating. Surprisingly enough, the GOP doesn’t account for as much of the decline since then as Democrats.

Biden’s rating among Republicans has slipped only four percentage points, to 32 percent, since January. But his rating among Democrats has dropped 11 percentage points, to 76 percent. And his rating among independents fell 12 percentage points, to 46 percent.

As for the President, Barack Obama has a favorability rating of 73 percent. That far surpasses George W. Bush’s 61 percent rating in July 2001 and Bill Clinton’s 60 percent showing in May 1993.

In terms of job approval ratings for the first 100 days in office, Obama beats out both Bush’s and Clinton. But he is behind Ronald Reagan and shockingly tied with Jimmy Carter.

Pew reports that 63 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s work. That compares to 56 percent for George W. Bush after his first 100 days, 55 percent for Clinton, 58 percent for George H.W. Bush, 67 percent for Reagan and 63 percent for Carter.

Getting back to Cheney, he has cut a much more active profile since leaving office than most former vice presidents, helping to lead the Republican opposition to Obama’s policies.

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