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Posted by on Feb 25, 2009 in At TMV | 2 comments

Polling Obama’s Speech

So far, the reactions to Obama’s speech last night have been very, very positive. Unlike the post-debate snap polls, where pundits saw a weak performance but the public rated Obama highly, everyone seems to agree that Obama was at the top of his game.

Some numbers:

  • 63% approved of President Obama’s plans for dealing with the economic crisis before the speech; 80% approved after, according to a CBS poll.
  • A CNN poll found that 68% of speech-watchers had a “very positive” reaction, 24% had a “somewhat positive” reaction, and only 8% said they had a negative reaction.
  • In a Democracy Corps focus group, 68% of independent and mildly-partisan voters came into the speech approving of Obama’s job performance. After the speech, these already high marks moved to 82%.

Marc Blumenthal has some additional data and focus group results. In almost each case, support went up with both Democrats and Republicans. There’s been a lot of speculation that the honeymoon is ending with Republicans, but it seems Obama’s speeches are the key to his bipartisan support.

Cross-posted at Ablogistan.