Majority of viewers approve of Trump’s SOTU speech

WASHINGTON, A majority of viewers approved of President Donald Trump’s second State of the Union address Tuesday night but most of who watched speech where Republicans, according to polling data Wednesday.

A CNN poll conducted by SSRS found that 59 percent of viewers had a very positive reaction to the speech, 17 percent had a somewhat positive reaction and 23 percent had a negative reaction.

The CNN data indicates that the audience was the most partisan it has been since 2001. The audience was 17 points more likely to identify as Republicans and primarily fans of Trump.

A CBS poll echoed that 76 percent of its respondents approved of the speech with 24 percent saying they disapproved. 43 percent of respondents in the poll identified themselves as Republicans, while 24 percent said they were Democrats and 30 percent identified as independents.

Trump’s fellow cabinet members lauded the speech including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who said the president put “the interests of the American people first and (reasserted) American leadership around the world.” He added, “History will remember this period not only for what America has achieved on its own, but for the partnerships we have built with strong, sovereign, and independent nations and the contributions we have inspired from our partners.” Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said, “President Trump’s speech presented a hopeful, optimistic vision for this country. As we continue these efforts, I am hopeful that our elected leaders in Congress will come together on a bipartisan basis to support this law-and-order agenda for the good of the country.” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen focused on border security noting that “Trump clearly laid out the need for new Federal funding and serious reforms to our outdated laws in order to fully secure our southern border. Make no mistake, there is a humanitarian and security crisis at our border that will continue to worsen if Congress fails to act.” Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan said the president reaffirmed his “commitment” to the troops and American security interests, as they focus on the implementation of the National Defense Strategy.

Senate Majority Leader Republican Mitch McConnell complimented the US’ “robust economy” and need for “adequate border security” and added, “It was a great speech. One time a year the President gets to address the nation in the State of the Union, actually the only speech mentioned in the Constitution. He laid out the robust economy we have.” The Democratic response was delivered by Stacey Abrams who almost became the country’s first black female governor in the last election.

“America is made stronger by the presence of immigrants, not walls,” she said.

Abrams added, “The shutdown was a stunt engineered by the president of the United States, one that defied every tenet of fairness and abandoned not just our people – but our values.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency