Early Polls: Americans Liked Trump’s Speech to Congress

March 1, 2017 Updated: March 1, 2017

Early polls suggest President Donald Trump’s speech to Congress was met with acclaim, early polls can show.

A YouGov/CBS News poll found that 76 percent of those who watched it approved, with 82 percent finding it “presidential,” while 71 percent of viewers—including 36 percent of Democrats—found the speech “unifying.”

An ORC/CNN poll of people who watched Trump’s speech found that 70 percent of respondents are now more optimistic about the future of the United States. Respondents in the CBS/YouGov poll said they’re “more optimistic” about what Trump will try to accomplish following the speech.

In the speech, 70 percent agreed with his plan on illegal immigration, 75 percent favored Trump’s plans to improve the economy, and 78 percent approved of his infrastructure plans he laid out. Another 65 percent approved of his plans to dismantle or replace Obamacare.

About two-thirds said that Trump had the right priorities in mind during the address.

The ORC/CNN poll was carried out over the phone via live interviews, while the YouGov/CBS News poll was complied via the Internet.

The YouGov/CBS poll surveyed 857 people who watched, with a 4.2 percent margin of error. The ORC/CNN poll surveyed 509 people, and that poll has a 4.5 percent margin of error.

After the speech, Trump responded on Twitter, writing a simple “THANK YOU.”