Trump’s State Of The Union Gets Least Positive Reaction In 20-Years


CNN has been conducting a poll gauging State of the Union viewership response since 1998.

According to CNN, no president's State of the Union address was as poorly received as President Donald Trump's speech Tuesday, dating back to 1998 when the network began tracking citizens' responses.

Almost half of Americans who watched President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address -- 48% -- say they had a "very positive" impression of the speech, down from 57% of speech-watchers after his first address to match Barack Obama's rating after his first State of the Union address, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.

The survey only sought views of those who watched the speech and had indicated their intention to watch in previous polling, so it is not indicative of all of Americans.

A few other results worth noting:

A narrow majority of viewers, 54%, says it thinks Trump has the right priorities, down from 63% from a similar poll after his speech last year to a joint session of Congress. Not quite half, 45%, say he hasn't paid attention to the country's most important problems.

Only 56% of viewers say they think his policies are headed in the right direction on immigration -- down 6 points since his 2017 speech.

His proposals on other issues are higher: Roughly 8 in 10 people who viewed Trump's address say he has the right direction on infrastructure and 7 in 10 say he's going the right direction on the economy.