Viewers approve of Trump's first State of the Union address

Voters gave President Trump high marks last night after watching his State of the Union address.

  • 75% approved, including 97% of Republicans and 72% of independents
  • 81% felt Trump’s speech was trying to unite the country rather than divide it
  • 91% favored what they heard on infrastructure
  • 75% favored what they heard on national security
  • 72% favored what they heard on immigration

Viewers approve of Trump's first State of the Union address - CBS News poll

CBS News
Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus, Kabir Khanna, & Anthony Salvanto
January 30, 2018
Views of the speech
Three in four Americans who tuned in to President Trump's State of the Union address tonight approved of the speech he gave. Just a quarter disapproved.
How did the speech make you feel?
Eight in 10 Americans who watched tonight felt that the president was trying to unite the country, rather than divide it.  Two-thirds said the speech made them feel proud, though just a third said it made them feel safer.
Policies you heard in the speech
After hearing his State of the Union address, most viewers think the policies they heard tonight would help them personally, though Democrats disagree.
On some of the specific issues the President touched upon, most viewers had a favorable opinion of what Mr. Trump had to say about the nation's infrastructure, immigration, and national security. 
This CBS News 2018 survey is based on 1,178 interviews conducted on the internet of U.S. residents who watched the State of the Union Address. Panelists were previously interviewed on January 29-30, 2018 to indicate whether they planned to watch the address, and if they were willing to be re-interviewed after the address. Questions asked during this initial interview have the note "Asked before the SOTU address.'' The margin of error is +/- 3.1%.
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