He’s a divider, not a uniter.
An overwhelming majority of Americans approved of the overall message in President Obama's State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, according to a CBS News poll of speech watchers.
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.
OK, that poll was from 2011. But -- similar result this year.
A few highlights from the memo:
- In a before-and-after test, the proportion of participants describing Obama as “a strong leader” rose from 39% to 71%.
- Fully 78% said after the speech that Obama “looks out for the middle class,” up from 59% before the speech.
- The share of participants who said Obama has good ideas for improving the economy rose from 39% before the speech to 79% after the speech.