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04/25/2007 10:48 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

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.