Polling for Day After SOTU Is Out and It's an Epic Win for Donald Trump


Americans were pretty upbeat about the message that President Donald Trump had in this year’s State of the Union — so much so that his numbers in a major tracking poll are way up.

According to a Rasmussen survey, the president’s approval rating Thursday was almost at 50 percent.

“The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance,” Rasmussen’s media release read.

Fifty percent of likely voters disapprove.

“These findings include the first full night of surveying following the president’s State of the Union speech to Congress,” they added.

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“The latest figures include 37% who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing and 42% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -5.”

At the beginning of the month, his approval rating in the poll was 43 percent, with 57 percent disapproval.

Polls from CNN and CBS showed that viewers approved of the speech as well.

“Seventy-six percent of Americans who tuned in to President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night approved of the speech he gave. Just 24 percent disapproved,” CBS reported.

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CNN, while noting a “deeply Republican audience” — most viewers during the speech were from the president’s own party, as always — had similar results.

“About 6 in 10 speech-watchers had very positive reactions to the President’s speech, better than the 48% who reacted that well last year and around the same as the 57% very positive mark in 2017,” they reported.

“Those positive marks cut across demographic lines — with majorities of men (60%) and women (58%), under age 50 (54%) and those 50 or older (61%), and those with (52%) and without (63%) college degrees rating it ‘very positive.'”

Of the Democrats who watched, 64 percent disapproved. I suppose the great surprise, given the reflexivity of politics these days, is that the number wasn’t 100 percent.

So, what was the takeaway from this?

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Vox: “Trump’s State of the Union polled well … because Republicans watched it.”

New York Magazine: “Bernie Sanders Calls Trump’s SOTU ‘Racist,’ Rebukes Claims About ‘Hottest’ Economy.”

Bustle: “State Of The Union Reaction GIFs Show Trump’s Speech Wasn’t Well Received By Everyone.”

Oh no, not GIFs of Nancy Pelosi contorting her face. You might as well just give Kamala Harris the oath of office now because Trump’s done for.

These are openly partisan outlets, however. CNN’s Chris Cillizza works for an outlet that’s allegedly an objective arbiter of news, the same way that Planned Parenthood is an objective arbiter of abortion. But an objective arbiter they pretend to be, and among Cillizza’s five takeaways were that Trump’s call for unity wasn’t really a call for unity. “Women rule” people care a lot about reaction shots and that the one quote everyone would end up remembering would be, “If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. It just doesn’t work that way.”

Apparently, he got distracted by those reaction GIFs when the president was saying “America will never be a socialist country” or “We were born free and we will stay free.” Those seemed to get a lot more play. But that’s the story.

The speech went over well with the audience. Yes, it was partisan, as always. However, the proof is in the polling, and Trump is up six points this month in the Rasmussen survey. The State of the Union was a definite win for the president, no matter what the establishment media wants to focus on.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
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Catholic University of America
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