Obama's 91% Approval Rating For State Of The Union
The Republicans may be getting much of the publicity at the moment - and given the nature of it, probably very much to the White House's satisfaction - but Obama's 'coming out fighting' State of the Union address seems to have hit a strong chord with the American public, if a CBS News poll is to be believed. They give him a 91% approval rating for the speech which several right-wing commentators and politicians have slated for being too left-wing. The CBS site comments:
According to the poll, which was conducted online by Knowledge Networks immediately after the president's address, 91 percent of those who watched the speech approved of the proposals Mr. Obama put forth during his remarks. Only nine percent disapproved.
All excellent news for the Obama camp no doubt, although it is worth noting that the poll sample was heavily weighted towards Democrats in any case, who tended to form the majority of viewers:
Americans who watched the speech were generally more Democratic than the nation as a whole. Forty-four percent of viewers polled were Democrats and 25 percent were Republicans. (Historically speaking, that is not an unusual statistic: a president's supporters are more likely than his opponents to watch State of the Union addresses.)