Trump’s State of the Union address well received: poll

Trump’s State of the Union address well received: poll

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President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address Tuesday night at the Capitol.. The overwhelming majority of respondents in a poll approved of his speech. (WhiteHouse.gov)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address was well received, according to a CBS News/YouGov poll released Wednesday.

The poll found that 76 percent of the respondents said they approved of Tuesday night’s speech, while 24 percent said they disapproved.

Speaking from the House Chamber for just over an hour and 20 minutes, Trump centered his message on unity, but also defended some of his more controversial agenda items, particularly a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Along partisan lines, 97 percent of Republicans and 82 percent of independents said they approved of the annual address — the second he has given since assuming the presidency.

In contrast, 30 percent of Democrats said that they approved.

The poll also found that Republicans were more likely to have tuned in: 43 percent of respondents who watched the speech identified as Republicans, 30 percent as independents and 24 percent as Democrats.

The survey was conducted among 1,472 respondents drawn from a pool of 9,322 Americans pre-interviewed online between Feb. 1-4 to ensure they intended on watching the speech.

There is a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.

Wednesday’s results largely matched a CBS News/YouGov poll conducted after last year’s address.

Respondents approved of his 2018 speech by a 75-25 percent margin, a virtual tie with Wednesday’s numbers considering the margin of error.

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