According to a recent CBS poll, 76 percent of viewers approved of President Trump’s Tuesday night speech to congress. The New York Times also pointed out that with 48 million viewers, Trump’s speech drew more of an audience than Obama’s last state of the Union.
The media loved it and reported yesterday that President Trump really took office during his speech. His tone was solid and presidential. It was said the speech was positive in tone, and most people found it unifying.
They did find that more republicans tuned in than democrats, but that is usual for the party of the sitting president. Also, republicans generally had a higher approval rating for Trump than democrats, 83% to 24%.
CBS has more:
Viewers nationwide strongly approved of President Trump’s speech Tuesday night, with many Democrats joining Republicans in calling it “presidential” and positive in tone. Republicans and Independents found it “unifying,” though Democrats were slower to come around on that measure.
The President gained support for his policy plans among viewers: Interviewed before and after the address, they came away from it more positive on his ideas for the economy, immigration, terrorism, crime and Obamacare.
As is often the case in addresses to Congress, those who watched were more likely to be from the president’s party – in this case, Republicans. And they described a president they felt was keeping campaign promises and offering an “inspiring” message.
While half of Democrats found the speech “divisive,” about one-third of them also said Mr. Trump was “specific” and “knowledgeable”; neither label drew a majority, but nonetheless sizeable numbers compared to the more negative reactions Democrats have had to other aspects of his presidency.
And viewers of all stripes described the speech as at least somewhat positive in tone.
Overall, most watchers approved of the speech. Republicans did tune in to watch it in much greater numbers than Democrats (as a president’s party typically does) which bolstered those approval numbers. Forty percent of Democrats at least somewhat approved; 18 percent strongly approved.