Democrats and their allies in the so-called “mainstream” media were set to dump all over Donald Trump’s speech to Congress.
Because they were expecting it to be a dud.
But when the poll numbers came in, the American people sent a resounding message.
Polls taken after Trump’s speech found Americans viewed his address to Congress as a home run.
“The early reaction to President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress could hardly have been more clear: the speech was a hit with viewers.
A CBS News/YouGov poll of people who watched the address found 76 percent of viewers approved of the speech and 82 percent found it “presidential.” Seventy-one percent of viewers — and even 36 percent of Democrats — found the speech “unifying,” according to the poll. A CNN/ORC poll of speech-watchers found about 70 percent made them feel more optimistic about the direction of the country and nearly two-thirds felt Trump had the right priorities…
… The CBS poll found 61 percent of viewers said they felt “more optimistic” about what the Trump administration will do after the speech, and many of Trump’s policy proposals, though they lacked specifics, won plaudits from viewers. Seventy percent said that, based on what they heard in the speech, they favored his plans on illegal immigration, while 75 percent favored his plans to improve the economy, 78 percent approved of his infrastructure plans and 65 percent approved of his plans for “dealing with Obamacare.”
The CNN/ORC poll found 57 percent of viewers had a “very positive” reaction to the speech, though the network noted that both Barack Obama and George W. Bush scored even higher marks in their first addresses to Congress at 68 percent and 66 percent, respectively.”
Younger voters also approved.
Red Alert Politics reports:
“A plurality of millennials, 46 percent, said that Trump spoke honestly about the condition of America. Meanwhile, 45 percent said he was speaking too pessimistically, and another nine percent found his speech to be too optimistic.
Additionally, 64 percent of millennials thought Trump sounded presidential, 50 percent said he sounded unifying, 53 percent said he sounded knowledgeable, and 41 percent said they are more optimistic about his administration.
Trump has some lukewarm support on policy issues from millennials — 58 percent support him on the economy, infrastructure spending, and the military; 56 percent on fighting terrorism; 55 percent on crime and trade; 47 percent on Obamacare; 45 percent on taxes; 44 percent on the budget and deficit; 42 percent on illegal immigration; and 40 percent on foreign policy.”
Trump’s speech caused viewers to feel more optimistic about the direction of the country as well.
After Trump speech, 69% in CNN instant poll say they feel more optimistic pic.twitter.com/s2Fw9w5l4K
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) March 1, 2017
Despite the Democrats and the media’s best hope, Americans liked Trump’s speech.
In fact, it made them even more optimistic about their future.
Trump laid out his nationalist vision of a secure border, more restrained foreign policy, and trade deals that will benefit the American worker.
He won the election on these themes and they continue to prove popular in his presidency.