Democrats Hated Trump’s Speech. But What Did Ordinary Americans Think?

Most Americans who watched President Donald Trump’s first address to Congress gave him an enthusiastic thumbs-up, a poll of speech-watchers showed.

The CNN/ORC survey found 57 percent of viewers had a very positive reaction to the speech – and about 7-in-10 said the speech made them feel more optimistic about the direction of the country.

According to the poll, nearly 7-in-10 said the president’s proposed policies would move the country in the right direction, and almost two-thirds said the president has the right priorities.

Among other findings, the survey showed:

  • 72 percent said Trump’s remarks on proposed economic policies went in the right direction, while 70 percent said his anti-terror policies were on the right track.
  • 64 percent thought his proposals on taxes were headed in the right direction, 62 percent felt that way about his immigration proposals, and 61 percent felt that way about his healthcare plans.
  • 57 percent said they had a very positive reaction to Trump’s speech – a figure that outpaces marks received by President Barack Obama for any of his recent State of the Union addresses.


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