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.
- 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.