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Posted at 3:50 PM ET, 01/26/2011

Polls: Public reaction to the State of the Union mostly positive

By Peyton Craighill

Two polls measured immediate reactions to President Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday night. A CNN/Opinion Research poll found 84 percent of speech-watchers reacted positively to his message, 52 percent very positively. A CBS News poll found 91 percent of watchers approve of the proposals the president made.

These overwhelmingly positive reactions must be understood in the context of those who watched the speech. The CNN sample of speech-watchers was composed of 39 percent Democrats, 19 percent Republicans and 42 percent independents. The CBS poll had a similar profile; 44 percent Democrats, 25 percent Republicans and the 31 percent independents. Among all Americans in the last CBS/New York Times poll, 34 percent identified as Democrats, 27 percent Republican and 39 percent independent.

It's very common for speech watchers to lean toward the party of the president, a built in audience more favorably disposed to hear what he has to say. Mark Blumenthal summarizes the trend in partisan composition of speech-watchers from CNN and CBS here.

The lead theme of the night - a new effort toward bipartisanship - was reflected in the polls. CBS found 62 percent believe Democrats and Republicans will work together more this year. And CNN found 89 percent saying the decision of some Republicans and Democrats to sit together as a good idea. Another 61 percent believe that Obama's plans will succeed in increasing cooperation between the parties.

The main policy components of the speech were well received and results overall are uniformly positive for Obama. More than eight in 10 in the CBS poll approve of Obama's plans for dealing with the economy, the deficit and Afghanistan. Three-quarters of respondents are bullish that Obama's plans will create jobs and make the economy more globally competitive. There is less confidence that he will reduce government spending however, at just 56 percent.

In the CNN poll, 68 percent said they think Obama's plan will succeed in improving the economy and 61 percent said it will create or save millions of jobs. As in the CBS poll, there is slightly lower confidence he will succeed in reducing the deficit at 57 percent.

CNN also found 77 percent thinking Obama's policies will move the country in the right direction and 71 percent rated Obama's speech as just about right ideologically, with 23 percent calling it too liberal and 5 percent not liberal enough.

In order to turn around a poll of this nature quickly enough, each was designed as a re-interview of respondents who were initially interviewed earlier in January. The pre- and post-interview design allows for comparisons of answers before and after the speech. On all available measures, Obama got big bumps after the speech.

By Peyton Craighill  | January 26, 2011; 3:50 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama, Polls, Presidential Approval  
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lies and more lies...
show results...
not words...

Posted by: DwightCollins | January 26, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

lies and more lies...
show results...
not words...

Posted by: DwightCollins | January 26, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I would like to believe, on the evidence I saw in the coverage of the speech, that at least the Congress has a glimmer of new possibilities and that the media I saw and heard does not yet. Complaints of a "dead" atmosphere in the House last night reflected a disturbing hint of wanting another "You Lie!" incident or something the media thinks is sexier than that many people LISTENING to a good speech. The fact that the public reacted well to the whole evening and the atmosphere is only encouraging to me and, I hope, to millions of others who are tired of the posturing from those outside and inside government. We would like to see accomplishment instead. If that means ignoring the Bachmann's of the world, so be it. By her remarks she indicates that she hasn't a clue about governing or running anything but her self-image machine and not doing well at that. Let's get 'er done, as they say, ideology be damned.

Posted by: badger8 | January 26, 2011 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I would like to believe, on the evidence I saw in the coverage of the speech, that at least the Congress has a glimmer of new possibilities and that the media I saw and heard does not yet. Complaints of a "dead" atmosphere in the House last night reflected a disturbing hint of wanting another "You Lie!" incident or something the media thinks is sexier than that many people LISTENING to a good speech. The fact that the public reacted well to the whole evening and the atmosphere is only encouraging to me and, I hope, to millions of others who are tired of the posturing from those outside and inside government. We would like to see accomplishment instead. If that means ignoring the Bachmann's of the world, so be it. By her remarks she indicates that she hasn't a clue about governing or running anything but her self-image machine and not doing well at that. Let's get 'er done, as they say, ideology be damned.

Posted by: badger8 | January 26, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Didn't watch it and I'm not sorry. I don't waste my time on liars. By the way, has anyone else read the story on Drudge regarding Ambercrombie saying that the birth certificate seems to be missing, not there, not anywhere? I was at least willing to give Barry the benefit of the doubt as to his birthplace. Now, not so much.

Posted by: thebink | January 26, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

"i don't waste my time on liars"....."by the way, anybody else read the story on Drudge..."

priceless.

Posted by: divi3 | January 26, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable that people still want to see President Barack Obamas birth certificate Is that all you got - Ridiculous....
As always our president gave a great sppech he is the speech master I just hope people LISTEN He was right on Education and I pray our children understand they 100 percent need a College education to make it. I pray that the left and the right can work together Then u hear the rebutal and you KNOW people like Buchmann and her tea party just want to push ignornace and do not hear anything but 'If Obama said it, it cant be true. Her n Palin what is our world coming too. Lord help the ignorant..........

Posted by: Sita967 | January 26, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable that people still want to see President Barack Obamas birth certificate Is that all you got - Ridiculous....
As always our president gave a great sppech he is the speech master I just hope people LISTEN He was right on Education and I pray our children understand they 100 percent need a College education to make it. I pray that the left and the right can work together Then u hear the rebutal and you KNOW people like Buchmann and her tea party just want to push ignornace and do not hear anything but 'If Obama said it, it cant be true. Her n Palin what is our world coming too. Lord help the ignorant..........

Posted by: Sita967 | January 26, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I thoroughly enjoyed President Obama's speech. This country needs an inspirational leader. PO's speech made me feel good about the future. I know times will be tough going forward but I don't want to hear doom and gloom 24/7.

Posted by: yeswecan3 | January 26, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Looks like we'll be looking for that birth certificate until 2016. Anyone seen Lincoln's birth certificate lately? That would have to be the long form, fyi.

Posted by: blarsen1 | January 26, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

His comments about education were interesting, but highlighted how our current education system needs to be totally revamped.
If teachers want to be respected, they need to act like true professionals instead
of unmotivated union workers waiting for retirement.
The union influence is a complete Drag on education.
Look at the content in our kids' education, lots of liberal agendas, instead of science and math.
Basic Structural Changes need to be made in order to change our education system.

Posted by: ohioan | January 26, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

There's only 1 way to describe Obama supporters at this point: Useful Idiots.

Posted by: wewintheylose1 | January 26, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

"Birther bill back in Arizona"- NY Daily News, "Arizona birth bill given 2nd life-Huffington, ""Obama Birth Certificate, Hawaii governor fuels Birth Fever", examiner.com- the list goes on and on. What a hoot it would be if... and why doesn't Obama just produce the lousy thing and put the speculation to rest already?

Posted by: thebink | January 26, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Rave reviews?! What did they do ask Pelosi her opinion over and over?

More of the same no matter who is President, all rhetoric and platitudes. They try to convince America that a bucket of manure is really a pot of gold. This was no different.

I also thought that the President’s “joke” about no pat downs on the high-speed train was a feeble and inconsiderate attempt at humor. It was clearly insensitive and offensive to many frequent travelers who are regular victims of these invasive procedures.

It may be a laughing matter to Mr. Obama since he and his family are not subjected to airport security but many in the flying community will fail to see the levity.

More importantly, this remark exposes his disdain and indifference for the concerns of ordinary citizens. This certainly is not the attitude I anticipated when he assumed office in 2009 and isn’t working to his benefit in securing my 2012 vote.

Posted by: fisher1949 | January 26, 2011 6:36 PM | Report abuse

It was a good speech by the President but one political party in Congress in the House and Senate will block anything to help America recover from the Great Depression our economy is in.
The Republicans will block everything from passing in Congress.
The Republicans don't want President Obama to be a two term president and want the White House to fail. I will vote for
President Obama again for 2012 but the way that Congress works and the clashes between the political parties are causing America to sink into the ocean. The USS America will not sail with Congress in disarray with differing political agendas and motives.

Posted by: America2010 | January 26, 2011 6:54 PM | Report abuse

I hope the republicans will block any and everything that will block this country's ongoing descent.

Posted by: thebink | January 26, 2011 6:58 PM | Report abuse

See a tag cloud of Obama's 2011 State of the Union Address: http://robvstate.com/2011/01/25/tag-cloud-of-obamas-2011-state-of-the-union-address/

And see how it compares to the 2010 State of the Union Address

Posted by: robparisblog | January 26, 2011 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Real life Ex- The company president tells everyone that they are “cost cutting” so they have to shut down a facility say California. So a thousand American jobs are lost – but what they didn’t say was in a month or 2 they would be opening a new facility in India!

The truth is America actually has tons of jobs. It’s just that the corporations choose to OUTSOURCE it all to China and India. First outsource toy manufacturing, then software programming, then most of the IT manufacturing and today just about everything you see in the department store is always made SOMEWHERE ELSE. They might as well put NEVER MADE IN USA- too expensive. Now they are outsourcing even customer service and accounting. What’s left for us?

I like your speech Obama, but you are not addressing the real problem: AMERICAN Corporations outsourcing AMERICAN JOBS and then DOING business in USA. Obama, what you have to do is make it difficult for companies that choose to outsource American jobs to do business in America. Heck we can learn something from the Chinese- the only way to do business in China is to build the factory in China – So we should do likewise. If workers in other countries accept a wage that is ten times less than ours that’s their problem, but don’t let American companies give OUR jobs away to other countries and then do business in America. I say if you want to do business in USA then you have to hire IN USA ONLY! And if these outsourcing companies make excuses saying that they can’t compete with the other companies that are outsourcing then it’s the government’s job to EVEN the playing field.

Posted by: jamesbanon8 | January 27, 2011 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Obama is an economic idiot - listen to this from the SOTU:

Obama said “We need to get behind this [green] innovation. And to help pay for it, I’m asking Congress to eliminate the billions in taxpayer dollars we currently give to oil companies. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but they’re doing just fine on their own. So instead of subsidizing yesterday’s energy, let’s invest in tomorrow’s.”

Those billions of dollars we “give the oil companies”? Prior Congresses, going back nearly 100 years, purposely tweaked the tax code to encourage drilling. Their “investment” resulted in the stable, secure and affordable energy supply that enabled our nation’s industrial might. By taking those benefits away, drilling becomes less attractive to the investor. Fewer wells will be drilled, and more jobs will be lost. Energy prices will rise, making the U.S. less competitive in international markets and more dependent on foreign energy producers.

Several of the proposed tax breaks available to energy are available to other industry: energy is being singled out.

A point often missed by our Idiot-In-Chief: You can’t punish oil without punishing natural gas. The two are inextricably linked; what we refer to casually as “oil companies” are also America’s biggest natural gas suppliers. The tax code for drilling is the same for oil and natural gas. Since 80% of America’s domestic drilling targets natural gas, you can’t take away those tax breaks from oil without crippling gas.

This is more overwhelming evidence that Obama is trying to destroy this nation from within. He has NO CLUE what he is doing; NONE!

Posted by: NO-bama | January 27, 2011 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Barack Obama's vanished birth certificate may be an embarassment to him. His parents may not have been yet married at the time of his birth and I once read this history was a source of worry to him. Anyone familiar with the islands knows that in the late 50's-early 60s, record keeping was not precise in that sleepy, undeveloped paradise.

Posted by: drzimmern1 | January 31, 2011 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Political party is trivial to people of all countries compared to seeing things positive in yesterday, today and especially tomorrow. Gosh, it's unfortunate to lower myself to say are country is years behind where it should be and the ones who's doing it just isn't intelligent and don't try to hide it. I THINK I know that these political folks aren't are best and never show themselves as talented. You never hear them speak what pride about positive things they are contributing for Americans. They aren't smart enough to. I'm a nobody and shouldn't put anybody down, but I respect the bum on the street if they are mentally capable because they are good at things that others aren't.

Posted by: CTaylor42 | February 2, 2011 3:35 AM | Report abuse

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