President Donald Trump did so well in his first address to Congress that even CNN’s own poll could not hide the numbers.
According to a CNN/ORC poll of viewers, the president had an overwhelmingly positive reaction to his speech Tuesday addressing a joint session of Congress.
— CNN (@CNN) March 1, 2017
— Jason Seher (@jhseher) March 1, 2017
And the poll is by CNN, now that I find very interesting.
— Brexiteer (@AmpersUK) March 1, 2017
— lindsey macnabb (@lindsmacnabb) March 1, 2017
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and counselor Kellyanne Conway were impressed enough with the poll results that they shared them in tweets of their own.
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) March 1, 2017
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) March 1, 2017
CNN needed to qualify the poll results with an explanation:
The survey, conducted among a group of Americans who said in interviews conducted before the speech that they planned to watch and agreed to be re-contacted, only reflects the views of those who watched the speech, not of all Americans.
People who choose to watch a political speech such as this one tend to be more supportive of the speaker. In this case, the pool of speech-watchers was about eight points more Republican than the population as a whole.
In other words, only informed people who watched the speech were reporting positively to it. And we can’t have that!
The president’s speech, interrupted by bursts of applause, received largely positive reviews from viewers with 7-in-10 saying the speech made them feel more optimistic about the direction of the country.
For many, the highlight of the address was an emotional tribute to fallen Navy SEAL Ryan Owens as his tearful widow looked heavenward during a more than two-minute standing ovation. Even those on the left could not deny the power of the moment, as CNN commentator Van Jones had to admit “in that moment” Trump became the president of the United States.
Speech watchers seemed to agree and the poll numbers, according to CNN, backed up the positive reactions.
Twitter users could’t help but wonder how CNN, after its “fake news” war with the president, was going to handle the news.
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78% of President Trump’s #JointAddress speech viewers had a positive reaction to his speech (CNN/ORC Poll). And that’s coming from CNN. Wow!
— Josh Hall (@JoshHallGOP) March 1, 2017
😂 Wonder how CNN is going to try to spin their own poll! pic.twitter.com/ecgBBeWg5y
— Truth (@Truth_Again) March 1, 2017
— Wesley S. Davis (@realWesleyDavis) March 1, 2017
When CNN reports a poll of 78% positive reaction to #JointAddress you can pretty much bank on the fact that it was at least 10 points higher
— CassiusK (@UWRockBuster) March 1, 2017
YOU KNOW#CNN HATES reporting on their own poll
— Boca Vista (@bocavista2016) March 1, 2017
— Breaking News Today (@breakingcelnews) March 1, 2017
Prolly the 1st poll theyve ever hated producing/reporting
Wait, did CNN actually report something semi-accurately for once?
— Brawndo-ThrstMutlatr (@ItsWhtPlntsCrAv) March 1, 2017
— ALTAGRACIA CRUZ (@GraciaCrz) March 1, 2017
— deplorabledeb (@caddy4deb) March 1, 2017
That’s Clinton’s New Network? WoW. Real progress is coming.
— Gary C. Schade (@Great_Wookiee) March 1, 2017
Still doubting #PresidentTrump? CNN’s poll. Yes, CNN. People LOVED it, and felt hope/pride in their hearts. ❤️
79% positive. yes, 79%. CNN. pic.twitter.com/4UtOqT5i9s
— Green Arrow V (@LadydeManorBorn) March 1, 2017
@Cernovich Since it’s CNN, we know the number is even higher for Very Positive.
— Its a dogs life 🐶🐾 (@seniordogzrule) March 1, 2017
Wednesday morning, President Trump awoke to very good news about his speech and took a moment to express his gratitude on Twitter:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2017
Thank you, Mr. President.