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Public’s Attitudes Toward Cheney Drift Downward As Some Republican Voters Want Him Replaced

Vice President Cheney’s popularity has declined fairly steadily since October, and more than one fourth of Republican primary voters think President Bush should choose a new running mate, the University of Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election Survey shows.

In October, 43 percent of the public had a favorable opinion of Cheney and 26 percent had an unfavorable view. But in the last two weeks of February, from the 16th through the 29th, 33 percent had a favorable opinion and 36 percent an unfavorable view, a drop of ten percentage points. On both occasions the margin of sampling error was plus or minus two percentage points.