Democrats and their army of keyboard warriors in the mainstream media were raring to tear President Trump’s State of the Union speech up one side and down the other on Wednesday morning, but the general viewing public may not want to hear their biased commentary this time around. According to a snap CBS News poll of those who watched the president’s speech, the vast majority thought Trump knocked it out of the park.
76% of Americans who tuned in thought Trump did a fantastic job while only 24% disapproved of his speech. At a time in our country where the public can hardly agree on anything, the verdict on Trump’s annual address was about as close to unanimous as we’re going to get on anything.
CBS News, in their analysis, went out of their way to explain that Republicans made up a disproportionate piece of the viewing public, but leaving that aside, Trump scored really well with independents as well as those within his own party. Besides, self-identified Republicans only made up 43% of the polled audience; that hardly accounts for the numbers in this survey, which extend well beyond that figure.
56% of viewers though the speech would do more to unite the country, though 63% doubted it would do much to foster more bipartisanship in Washington. A huge percentage – 72% – said they liked the ideas Trump put on the table regarding immigration, a statistic that has to worry Nancy Pelosi. 71% agreed that there seems to be a “crisis at the southern border,” which is another bad sign for Democrats. And a whopping 78% thought it was a good idea for Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to have a second nuclear summit.
So what does this tell us?
Well, in addition to strengthening Trump’s position on the wall, we’ve noticed there seems to be a healthy appetite among voters for a President Trump who is a little less combative and a little more “presidential.” Because every time he gives a major speech that sidesteps some of his more divisive remarks, he gets huge plaudits from the public. We’re not sure what that says, other than that it may give the president and his advisers something to think about heading into the 2020 re-election campaign.
There’s definitely something to be said for playing to the base, and we’re certainly not suggesting that he should cancel the rallies that proved so popular in 2016. Nor that he should cool it on Twitter. We love all that stuff too much to say goodbye!
However, there is room for a balanced approach, and it could pay dividends – especially if Trump is up against a Resistance-fueled, far-left loony…like most of the Democratic field is shaping up to be.