President Trump gave a triumphant first State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. Amidst an audience that is clearly divided over his presidency, he outlined his economic and foreign policy successes.
The overnight polls indicate his address was a smashing success with the millions of viewers and listeners throughout the country and the world. The favorable results were stunning in their percentages.
A CBS poll surveyed 1,178 U.S. residents late Tuesday night. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percent. It indicated 75 percent of respondents who watched the speech approved while 25 percent disapproved.
Meanwhile, a CNN poll showed 70 percent found the address “very, or somewhat positive.” Their survey was conducted among 549 Americans with a sampling error of plus or minus 4.2 percent.
Results of the CBS poll were:
- 65 percent said the speech made them feel proud; 35 percent said it made them feel safer; 21 percent said it left them angry, and 14 percent said they were scared by the presidential address, whatever that means.
- 42 percent of those who watched the speech said they were Republicans, 25 percent were Democrats, and 33 percent were independents.
- 81 percent said Trump was trying to unite the nation in his speech, compared to 19 percent who said he was trying to divide the U.S.
- 72 percent said they favor the proposals on immigration Trump outlined in his speech, while 28 percent opposed them.
- 91 percent favored what the president outlined on infrastructure, compared to 9 percent who opposed it.
- 75 percent supported his ideas on national security, while 25 percent opposed them.
The numbers derive from a liberal television network. Combing through more traditionally conservative outlets showed far higher readings. It clearly indicates the president was able to bond with his viewers, no matter what their political persuasion.
The results from CNN's poll were as follows:
- 48 percent had a very positive reaction to the speech.
- 22 percent had a somewhat positive reaction.
- 56 percent said Trump's policies are headed in the right direction on immigration.
- Roughly 80 percent said Trump's policies are headed in the right direction on infrastructure.
- 70 percent said his policies are headed in the right direction on the economy.
Again, a liberal network that has been consistently critical of the president produced extremely high marks. It can be construed by the two polls from networks basically opposed to the president that his administration is moving in the right direction with a majority of Americans.
Dwight L. Schwab, Jr. is an award-winning national political and foreign affairs columnist and published author. He has spent over 35 years in the publishing industry. His long-running articles include many years at Examiner.com and currently Newsblaze.com. Dwight is an author of two highly acclaimed books, "Redistribution of Common Sense - Selected Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014" and "The Game Changer - America's Most Stunning Election in History." He is a native of Portland, Oregon, a journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, and a resident of the SF Bay Area. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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