Skip to comments.[Gallup] Poll: Bush wins converts among speech-watchers
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.
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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Meanwhile, in The offices of various Democrats, as these results were read by staffers, there was a collective need for fresh Depends...
Denny Crane: "There are two places of truth. First God and then Fox News."
Looks good..but is it for real??? I don't know if I believe any polls anymore--positive or negative...
I'm shocked! /s
NOW I know where a brunt of my hard earned tax dollars are going! ; )
DU'ers will be drinking the kool aid in large quantities today...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Sounds like a smart idea the way this poll is run.
[Trying to smile, browsing for transcript of speech, grumbling...]
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.
I doubt many Democrats were watching.
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.
"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.
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.
I guess we just escape the polls. Sigh.
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.
Checkmate Harry Reid.
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.
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!
Hey, my dog resents that! There are some things even a Labrador Retriever won't eat!
"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.
LOL & apologies to the Lab!! I have an Akita who is very picky about his food, as well.
Yep. W rolled them....again!! I do so love that man!
Maybe I should tape a picture of She Who Must Not Be Named to the wall above her food dish?
Dubya's getting more mainstream Americans, whilst the uberleftist Democrats cheerily embrace dictatorships and terrorism.
But, but ...this can't be true. The AARP poll said that once people understand the "consequences", most no longer support it.
Excellent first ping of the day!
"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.
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......
Coax the President to the left???
You've got to be kidding. Obviously, you didn't hear the speech......
Can you direct me to a photo of that moment?
Don't expect to find this info anywhere.....
It was the real thing, alright. And one of the most moving experiences I've had in a long time.....
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