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3/2/2017 11:51:00 AM

Trump's first speech to Congress receives positive reviews

US president Donald Trump's first speech to Congress received positive reviews from viewers nationwide, according to surveys by CNN and CBS.

President Donald Trump (Photo: AP)

Two insta-polls conducted by the two networks after Trump's speech show that large majorities of Americans give it positive reviews. 

In CNN's survey, which measured a group that was about eight points higher Republican than the nation as a whole:

  • 57 percent of people said they had a “very positive” reaction to the speech.
  • About 7 in 10 said that the policies Trump described would move the country in the right direction and that they were optimistic about his presidency.

And in CBS News's polls:

  • 40 percent of Democrats approved at least “somewhat” of what they heard, and 18 percent approved “strongly.”
  • 54 percent of Democrats said the speech was “presidential.”

In some ways, Trump is taking advantage of lowered expectations here. In context, his numbers aren't all that remarkable; these speeches traditionally give a president a captive audience and a chance to hone his message for weeks beforehand.

And CNN's polling shows Trump's reviews coming in somewhat below those of his immediate predecessors. In 2009, after President Barack Obama's first speech to a joint session of Congress, 68 percent viewed it very positively. And in 2001, after President George W. Bush's maiden speech to Congress, 66 percent viewed it very positively.

For one night an American public that is largely skeptical of their new president clearly liked what they saw. And that's good for Trump./.

VNF (According to the Washington Post)  
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