CNN polled the audience on Trump’s State of the Union and soon came to regret it

CNN may have been hoping for a different outcome as results from their poll on President Trump’s State of the Union address came back to bite them.

It seems 70 percent of those polled who were watching the speech reacted positively according to an instant CNN/SSRS poll, CNN reported.

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CNN announced the results of the poll on the air making every attempt to play down the positive responses. The network noted that 48 percent of viewers polled had a “very positive” reaction to Trump’s address on Tuesday, his first State of the Union address since taking office.

And while the network probably hoped the numbers were flipped, their poll found only 29 percent reacted negatively, while another 22 percent indicated they had a “somewhat positive” reaction. Of course, the network felt it needed to point out that the number was still the “lowest net positive rating for a State of the Union address since at least 1998.”

The poll results were in less than two hours after Trump’s speech in which he spoke about immigration reform, tax cuts and cutbacks on federal regulations. The president also spoke of upcoming policy plans for his administration.

And while his critics, including those at CNN, will be quick to tear apart Trump’s policy proposals, viewers polled in the CNN/SSRS poll seemed to be standing behind the president with 62 percent believing the plans would move the country in the right direction. Only 35 percent of those polled said the plans outlined by Trump Tuesday would move it in the wrong direction.

As for whether the viewers felt Trump could actually implement those policies and carry out his duties as president, the poll results seemed a bit more divided with 42 percent saying they were confident he could. Another 15 percent were “somewhat confident” while 43 percent said they were not confident in his capability.

The poll, conducted on Tuesday among 549 Americans who watched Trump’s speech, has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points;, according to CNN.

The network admitted that “only 48 percent of viewers had a very positive view of Obama’s first State of the Union address” but was quick to point out other poll results when he did better.

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Admitting Trump’s speech was well-received may have been a stretch for CNN, but Twitter users had plenty of commentary on the results.


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