Joe Biden’s Favorable Rating Now Lower Than Al Gore’s, Says Gallup Poll

By Staff | July 14, 2010 | 2:00 PM EDT

Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the economy and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus law) on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, at the Brookings Institution in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

( - Vice President Joe Biden’s favorable rating is now nominally lower than former Vice President Al Gore’s, according to the Gallup poll--even though, as Gallup points out in its analysis, the survey was conducted after Gore’s “announcement that he and his wife were separating, and amid a police investigation into allegations that he committed sexual assault in 2006.”

Gore denies the allegations.

Only 43 percent of survey respondents said they had a favorable view of Joe Biden, while 44 percent said they had a favorable view of Al Gore. (The margin of error for the poll, which was conducted July 8-11, is plus-or-minus 4 percentage points. So, the one-point difference in Biden’s and Gore’s favorable ratings is less than the margin of error.)
Biden’s favorable rating peaked at 59 percent in 2008 before he was inaugurated as vice president in January 2009. It has dropped 16 points from that peak.
Gore’s favorable rating was at 64 percent back in 1992, the year he was elected vice president running on a ticket headed by Bill Clinton.
Gallup noted that former Vice President Dick Cheney’s favorable rating of 36 percent is even lower than Gore’s and Biden’s. However, as Gallup noted, Cheney’s rating is improving. It was at 30 percent last year.
In 2002, the second year of the Bush presidency, Cheney’s favorable rating was 67 percent—14 points higher than Biden’s favorable rating is now in 2010, the second year of the Obama presidency.