The 67-year-old has been vilified by critics for years, often being likened to the Penguin in the 1960s TV series Batman. Just 29 per cent of Americans believe he is doing a good job.
But speaking exclusively to hometown Wyoming newspaper The Caspar Star-Tribune, Mr Cheney has once again astounded pundits by revealing his utter ignorance about the cause of his unpopularity.
Asked to explain his low approval rating, the vice president unabashedly remarked: "I don't have any idea. I don't follow the polls."
He questioned the reliability of such gauges and went on to argue that politicians who give too much prominence to their findings tend to be poor leaders, as they "change … policy every week when the poll comes out".
Voicing optimism about his legacy, the vice president drew comparisons with Gerald Ford - a leader who was universally criticised for pardoning Richard Nixon, but "30 years later … was praised as having done the right thing".
Mr Cheney and president George Bush have steadfastly defended their decision to invade Iraq. While acknowledging that the conflict cost Americans and Iraqis dearly, they argue it will ultimately lead to a freer Middle East.
But aspects of the vice president's time in office are unlikely to be forgotten.
In addition to being one of the key architects of the 2003 invasion - the aftermath of which most analysts now agree was a shambles - Mr Cheney has gone on record as defending water-boarding, a form of torture.
He has also been criticised for alleged conflicts of interest given his former role as CEO of Halliburton, an oil company which received numerous multi-billion dollar contracts during the occupation of Iraq.
On one staple conservative issue, however, the firebrand vice president raised eyebrows by detracting from his party's official line.
In 2004, Mr Cheney broke with his Republican allies by opposing a federal ban on same-sex marriage. But observers on both sides immediately condemned the expediency of the move, noting daughter Mary's sexual orientation.
Whether that modest swing to the left will stifle criticism of a man otherwise in-step with neo-conservativism has yet to be seen. In the eleventh hour of his vice presidency, though, Mr Cheney hardly seems to care.
"I've been involved [in politics] now for a long time," he reflected. "But I think there comes a time to step aside … If I can be helpful from time to time I will, but I have no desire whatsoever to get back into elected office."
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