Joe Biden's less popular than Al Gore? Than Dick Cheney? Say it ain't so. OK, it ain't so. A new Gallup poll out this week suggests that Biden's favorability rating has reached its lowest level since the Democratic National Convention. It's now 42%, a full 13 points lower than President Obama's current rating and ten points below where Biden rated at the inauguration. Gallup measured the ratings of Al Gore and Dick Cheney over the course of 1993 and 2001, respectively, and found that Cheney averaged a 65% approval rating and Gore, a 55% approval rating.
So how are these comparisons false?
As physicists know well, time is a dimension that changes along with space. Dick Cheney was quite popular after September 11, although less so than his boss, whose approval ratings, at one point, reached in excess of 80%. Even before 9/11, Cheney was popular -- remember how he was the "adult" who was going to keep George W. Bush in line? -- and his more controversial actions had yet to manifest. He did not become dead-weight until much later.
Gore's popularity was close to Biden's -- the mid to high 40s -- for most of 1993. It spiked after Gore confronted Ross Perot on NAFTA. (Gore actually registered a 42% approval rating on October, 29, 1993 according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.)