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[Gallup] Poll: Bush wins converts among speech-watchers
CNN ^ | February 3, 2005

Posted on 02/03/2005 12:24:13 AM PST by RWR8189

CNN) -- President Bush's State of the Union address raised support for his policies on health care and Social Security among people who watched the speech, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll conducted Wednesday night.

The percentage of respondents who said the president's proposals in those areas will help the country rose 15 points from when the same question was asked of the same people in the two days before the speech.

In the post-speech sample, 70 percent of respondents said Bush's policies on health care were positive, while 66 percent approved of the president's plan for Social Security.

Bush showed almost as much improvement on Iraq, with 78 percent of respondents saying U.S. policy there is heading in the right direction, a 12 percentage point increase over pre-speech polling. Overall, 77 percent of respondents said Bush is taking the country in the right direction after the speech compared to 67 percent beforehand.

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Overall, Bush got very positive or positive reactions to his speech from 86 percent of respondents, his best numbers since the State of the Union address he gave January 29, 2002 -- just four-and-a-half months after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 -- when 94 percent of those polled gave him positive marks.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bush43; bushcountry; gallup; kewl; poll; polls; sotu; stateofunion
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1 posted on 02/03/2005 12:24:13 AM PST by RWR8189
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To: Salvation; redlipstick; texasflower; seamole; Doctor Stochastic; MegaSilver; BlueAngel; ...

Gallup Ping

FReepmail me if you want to be on or off the list.


2 posted on 02/03/2005 12:24:38 AM PST by RWR8189 (Its Morning in America Again!)
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To: RWR8189

Meanwhile, in The offices of various Democrats, as these results were read by staffers, there was a collective need for fresh Depends...


3 posted on 02/03/2005 12:27:12 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (Common Sense is an Oxymoron)
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To: RWR8189
LOL. 86.% John F*ckin' wouldn't even have been on Meet The Depressed if President had won by a 49 state blowout last November!

Denny Crane: "There are two places of truth. First God and then Fox News."

4 posted on 02/03/2005 12:27:15 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: RWR8189

Looks good..but is it for real??? I don't know if I believe any polls anymore--positive or negative...


5 posted on 02/03/2005 12:30:17 AM PST by sam_whiskey (Peace through Strength)
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To: RWR8189
Gosh, the plain speaking commoner from Texas is swaying the "high I.Q.'ed liberal elitists of the Democratic party"?

I'm shocked! /s

6 posted on 02/03/2005 12:30:29 AM PST by EGPWS
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To: Keith in Iowa
Meanwhile, in The offices of various Democrats, as these results were read by staffers, there was a collective need for fresh Depends...

Enlightening KII.

NOW I know where a brunt of my hard earned tax dollars are going! ; )

7 posted on 02/03/2005 12:32:46 AM PST by EGPWS
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To: RWR8189

DU'ers will be drinking the kool aid in large quantities today...


8 posted on 02/03/2005 12:37:53 AM PST by William of Orange (DUmmies are “clumsilly")
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To: RWR8189

thank you for this news. CBS did a poll too, I heard the great numbers discussed on CBS overnight news show, but I can't find it online.


9 posted on 02/03/2005 12:39:15 AM PST by YaYa123 (@Let's See If I'm Still "Up" For Imus.com)
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To: McGruff; ken5050; cyncooper; Miss Marple; Howlin; StarFan; Wait4Truth; SuzanneC; leadpenny; ...

Lookie here!


10 posted on 02/03/2005 12:41:14 AM PST by YaYa123 (@Wonder if NBC and ABC Did polls too.com)
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To: sam_whiskey

I would tend to believe this one because the same people were polled twice, once before, once after the speech.

The President did a great job of communicating the issues and his plans in a clear, concise, way...IMHO, that is the reason for the positive upward motion in the poll.


11 posted on 02/03/2005 12:43:57 AM PST by dawn53
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To: dawn53

Apparently. Looks like it was an effective speech. It's surprising to me though--because my gut reaction as I was watching it was that it was--stylistically- just a good speech-not one of his great ones.


12 posted on 02/03/2005 12:54:52 AM PST by sam_whiskey (Peace through Strength)
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To: RWR8189
There has been a string of excellent news for the President. First you have Condi's very classy and feisty (!) encounter with the Senate. Then you have Bush's elegant inaugural address. Followed by an extremely successful Iraqi election. And now topped by a splendid SOTU speech, capped with one of the most compelling images in many years as a new Iraqi voter hugs the mom of dead U.S. soldier.

Against that, the Dems have been particular bad with Kennedy's speech, Kerry's bad-mouthing the Iraqi elections on MTP, and the ghoulish Pelosi/Reid monster giving the Dem rebuttal. Egad, I'd hate to be in the Dems offices tomorrow morning.

Enjoy while ye may; because politics is cyclical and there will be more bad times (and good times ahead). But at least we're catching some breaks.

13 posted on 02/03/2005 1:19:40 AM PST by PMCarey
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To: RWR8189

Er, how can accurate polling be made so quickly? I heard Zogby once. [Yss, he slant his polls a lot but he's the best when he wants to be.] Zogby said it takes three days to make a good poll.

I hadn't heard the speech, so please forgive me if this question is over the top: is this poll designed to coax Bush to the left?


14 posted on 02/03/2005 1:39:32 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Let's just chomp them up and move on!)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March

Its not really an ideal poll, but what they did was contact people a few days ago and ask them questions, and then call them back tonight and see if their views had changed.


15 posted on 02/03/2005 1:41:14 AM PST by RWR8189 (Its Morning in America Again!)
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To: RWR8189

Sounds like a smart idea the way this poll is run.

[Trying to smile, browsing for transcript of speech, grumbling...]


16 posted on 02/03/2005 1:45:46 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Let's just chomp them up and move on!)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March
Transcript here:

President Bush's State Of The Union Address

17 posted on 02/03/2005 1:56:50 AM PST by RWR8189 (Its Morning in America Again!)
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To: sam_whiskey

Wonders never cease, this is CNN!

It was his best speech since 911 because of his confidence, his intensity and his humor all showing through. The words didn't matter as much, what was striking was how he appeared to be at the top of his game, sure of foot and quick. Usually, he is not a great speaker, but last night was an exception. The man is in the zone.


18 posted on 02/03/2005 2:19:52 AM PST by cajungirl (my peeps are freeps)
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To: RWR8189
Is this "conversion" among UNDECIDED speech watchers??

I doubt many Democrats were watching.

19 posted on 02/03/2005 2:21:48 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat (I'm so glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: sam_whiskey
just a good speech-not one of his great ones.

Great salesmen do not make great speeches. It matters not if they are selling insurance policies or policies for a nation. What they do is make sales. Speeches that change minds are never considered great speeches.

The people who heard Lincolns Gettysburg Address were not convinced the Lincoln was doing the right thing in the Civil War. The Gettysburg address at the time was universally panned by both Republican and Democratic pundits. Yet historians have called it the best speech ever made by a president. At the time it was a failure and did not accomplish what Lincoln was trying to accomplish.

A cabinet member spoke before Lincoln and his speech was widely hailed as great. The consensus a the time was Lincoln as a speaker was not in the same class as his underling.

Great speeches will never get Bushes agenda passed in congress. Effective sales pitches will.

People who don't understsand what it takes to be an effective president selling an agenda, always misunderestimate George W. Bush.

20 posted on 02/03/2005 2:37:11 AM PST by Common Tator
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To: Keith in Iowa

"a collective need for fresh depends"

LOL. boxer and schumer probably needing them the most. Americans are watching their hateful behavior and will remember come election time.


21 posted on 02/03/2005 2:52:16 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: Common Tator

Yeah, I didn't think this was a great speech and Bush isn't a great speaker, BUT...

People believe him.

People know he doesn't promise a lot of crap he won't really work on.

People listened to this speech and learned from his reasonable and clear explanation of Social Security's woes and what he was going to do about it. That was the cornerstone of the speech and the best part of it.

He sold his SS fix tonight.


22 posted on 02/03/2005 3:28:57 AM PST by LibertarianInExile (NO BLOOD FOR CHOCOLATE! Get the UN-ignoring, unilateralist Frogs out of Ivory Coast!)
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To: RWR8189

I guess we just escape the polls. Sigh.


23 posted on 02/03/2005 3:40:54 AM PST by Terpfen (New Democrat Party motto: les enfant terribles)
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To: sam_whiskey
I think you have to balance it with the inaugural speech. It was there was saw the high flown rhetoric. He has to take a pragmatic domestic program to the people and speak over the heads of the Liberal Establishment. I agree it was not great oratory, but I do not think that it was meant to be such a thing. I was pleasantly brief for a State of the Union speech. Actually, I have found very few of the SOTU speeches of any president of the post war period all that memorable.

The omissions where interesting: No Iran or Korea, no talk about Free/Fair trade - particularly the Chinese or EU problems- nothing about NASA or Science funding (excluding energy policy in the area of S & T,) and no discussions about military "transformation" or long range procurement impacts. I am not suggesting that he was dodging issues here. It seems more likely that he wants to focus on some main domestic issues and even here focus on one primary issue: Social Security. I imagine that every year will be similar on the domestic front, and that he will refocus every year on one of his main reform goals (ie. tort reform, regulatory reform, etc.) It would seem to show political maturity.

I have to laugh how he has manipulated the Dems into spending/program "cuts" by letting them drone on and on about "twin deficits" for a year and a half. He does this sort of thing over and over again. Clearly, the Dems are playing checkers while he is playing chess. Too funny.

24 posted on 02/03/2005 4:00:43 AM PST by CasearianDaoist
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To: Common Tator
W threw a lot of bones to the Donks. They were also roped into standing and applauding for a lot more points than I think they wanted.

He communicated in a clear and forceful manner. He made total sense. Personally, I was very pleased with the speech, the delivery and the reaction, both immediate and as shown in this snap poll.

There was a screen shot of Hillary looking even more like the dog's breakfast than usual. I hope to see it posted frequently from here on as a substitute for TDIDS.
25 posted on 02/03/2005 4:02:48 AM PST by reformedliberal
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To: RWR8189

BTTT


26 posted on 02/03/2005 4:14:03 AM PST by OldFriend (America's glory is not dominion, but liberty.)
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To: Common Tator
, while 66 percent approved of the president's plan for Social Security.

Checkmate Harry Reid.

27 posted on 02/03/2005 4:16:07 AM PST by Dog
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To: RWR8189
The Prez exuded confidence & determination last night; truly was a pleasure to watch him speak.

Over the last three years he has stuck to his beliefs and principles. He has been attacked from every side - yet he quietly moves forward without becoming flustered or irrational. It is comforting to find he really means what he says.

Irregardless of whether you agree with his positions, it is a wonder what a set of core values will do for a person and a nation......
28 posted on 02/03/2005 4:25:12 AM PST by PigRigger (Send donations to http://www.AdoptAPlatoon.org)
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To: PMCarey
"Iraqi voter hugs the mom of dead U.S. soldier"

And It was real - both of these women have sacrificed and lost so much. It was an incredible moment to watch unfold....
29 posted on 02/03/2005 4:28:21 AM PST by PigRigger (Send donations to http://www.AdoptAPlatoon.org)
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To: RWR8189

Looks like CNN, NYT, et al will have to go into panic mode today and tell all those approving folks what they didn't hear and not to believe their lying eyes vis a vis the Marine's mom and the Iraqi woman.
Personally, I thought the speech might have surpassed dear Pres. Reagan's great addresses simply because it had so much real substance.


30 posted on 02/03/2005 4:32:25 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: reformedliberal

The speech was briliant politically because it forced the Dims to sit on their hands when the President said he wanted the younger generation to be able to control their own retirement funds. These will be the voters for the next 50 years, and the Dims insulted them...really, really DUMB!


31 posted on 02/03/2005 4:36:29 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: reformedliberal

Hey, my dog resents that! There are some things even a Labrador Retriever won't eat!


32 posted on 02/03/2005 4:39:12 AM PST by AnAmericanMother (. . . Ministrix of ye Chace (recess appointment), TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary . . .)
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To: kittymyrib

"Looks like CNN, NYT, et al will have to go into panic mode today and tell all those approving folks what they didn't hear and not to believe their lying eyes vis a vis the Marine's mom and the Iraqi woman.
Personally, I thought the speech might have surpassed dear Pres. Reagan's great addresses simply because it had so much real substance."

Get ready for a scandal. The RATS have been backed into a corner and are going to come out fighting. Think it will be something with Oil for Food. Maybe Bush knew and did nothing. They won't even mention that it was under Clintoon that this all started.





33 posted on 02/03/2005 4:47:16 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (60 votes and the world changes.)
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To: AnAmericanMother

LOL & apologies to the Lab!! I have an Akita who is very picky about his food, as well.


34 posted on 02/03/2005 4:54:20 AM PST by reformedliberal
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To: kittymyrib

Yep. W rolled them....again!! I do so love that man!


35 posted on 02/03/2005 4:55:55 AM PST by reformedliberal
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To: reformedliberal
. . . well, you can't exactly call my girl a picky eater (I've never seen a Lab that wasn't a search and retrieve function for a perpetually empty stomach.) It's a struggle to keep her lean and trim.

Maybe I should tape a picture of She Who Must Not Be Named to the wall above her food dish?

36 posted on 02/03/2005 4:56:25 AM PST by AnAmericanMother (. . . Ministrix of ye Chace (recess appointment), TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary . . .)
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To: RWR8189

Dubya's getting more mainstream Americans, whilst the uberleftist Democrats cheerily embrace dictatorships and terrorism.


37 posted on 02/03/2005 4:58:57 AM PST by Lazamataz (Proudly Posting Without Reading the Article Since 1999!)
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To: Dog
Checkmate Harry Reid

LOL! Cool!

38 posted on 02/03/2005 4:59:52 AM PST by Lazamataz (Proudly Posting Without Reading the Article Since 1999!)
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To: RWR8189

But, but ...this can't be true. The AARP poll said that once people understand the "consequences", most no longer support it.


39 posted on 02/03/2005 5:06:45 AM PST by Raycpa
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To: YaYa123

Excellent first ping of the day!


40 posted on 02/03/2005 5:11:17 AM PST by cyncooper
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To: PMCarey

"And now topped by a splendid SOTU speech, capped with one of the most compelling images in many years as a new Iraqi voter hugs the mom of dead U.S. soldier."

...while Hillary looks depressed and Kerry visibly mopes.


41 posted on 02/03/2005 5:40:41 AM PST by adam_az (UN out of the US! - http://www.moveamericaforward.org/?Page=Petition)
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To: adam_az
And little Tommy Daschle is deeply saddened.....oh, wait...he's not there anymore....

And little Johnny Edwards is deeply saddened.....oh, wait.....he's not there anymore.....

And little Dickie Gephardt is deeply saddened....oh wait....he's not there anymore.........

Heh, heh, heh.....just keep misunderestimating W's strategery guys.....we love it......

42 posted on 02/03/2005 5:54:20 AM PST by bioprof (STRATEGERY!)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March

Coax the President to the left???

You've got to be kidding. Obviously, you didn't hear the speech......


43 posted on 02/03/2005 6:04:59 AM PST by GeorgeW23225 (Liberals really aren*t bad people. It*s just that they know so much that simply ISN*T true!!)
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To: PigRigger

Can you direct me to a photo of that moment?


44 posted on 02/03/2005 6:15:41 AM PST by CasearianDaoist
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To: YaYa123
The MSM always hides good things about the President as soon as they can.

Don't expect to find this info anywhere.....

45 posted on 02/03/2005 6:18:47 AM PST by ohioWfan (George W. Bush........AVENGER of the BONES!!)
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46 posted on 02/03/2005 6:19:30 AM PST by ohioWfan (George W. Bush........AVENGER of the BONES!!)
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To: ohioWfan
Thanks a bunch... pretty moving. Also sincere as opposed to those little vignettes from the audience that Clinton used to thrust on us during SOTU "speeches" of his.
47 posted on 02/03/2005 6:35:28 AM PST by CasearianDaoist
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To: CasearianDaoist

It was the real thing, alright. And one of the most moving experiences I've had in a long time.....


48 posted on 02/03/2005 6:38:06 AM PST by ohioWfan (George W. Bush........AVENGER of the BONES!!)
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To: PigRigger

beautiful homepage!


49 posted on 02/03/2005 8:58:44 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going....)
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To: Elsie

Thanks - They are my heart and soul, for which I will forever be thankful to my Lord for blessing me with...


50 posted on 02/03/2005 9:01:29 AM PST by PigRigger (Send donations to http://www.AdoptAPlatoon.org)
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