CBS News Poll Says 91% of Americans Approve of President Obama’s State of the Union Proposals

Jan 28, 2012
4:04 pm

This week, President Obama gave a State of the Union speech that was praised by many and muted by his opposition. At the same time, CBS News released a poll that asked the following question: Do you approve or disapprove of the proposals the president made in his speech?

Credit: CBS NEWS

According to CBS:

"According to the poll, which was conducted online by Knowledge Networks immediately after the president's address, 91 percent of those who watched the speech approved of the proposals Mr. Obama put forth during his remarks. Only nine percent disapproved. 

Last year, 83 percent of viewers approved of Mr. Obama's State of the Union remarks.

This year, 82 percent of those who watched the speech said they approve of the president's plans for the economy, up from 53 percent who approved before the speech. Eighty percent said they approved of Mr. Obama's plans for the deficit — in contrast to 45 percent before the speech. Eighty-three percent approved of Mr. Obama's proposals regarding Afghanistan, which received only a 57 percent approval rating beforehand. 

The sight of Democrats and Republicans sitting side by side gave speech watchers more confidence about the possibility of bipartisan cooperation: 62 percent said they expect more bipartisanship now than in years past."