Poll: Speech improved Bush's approval rating
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- People who watched President Bush's address to Congress on Tuesday -- the strong plurality of whom were Republicans -- generally liked what they heard and saw, a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll conducted immediately after the address indicated.
The poll is based on interviews with 399 people who watched the president's speech. Forty-nine percent of them said they were Republicans, 28 percent said they were Democrats and 23 percent described themselves as independents -- a reverse image of the speech-watchers during former President Bill Clinton's two terms, in which a majority of the speech-watchers were Democrats.
The new president made an extremely favorable impression on the sample. After watching the speech, the number of people who thought Bush was leading the country in the right direction increased to more than 80 percent, from the low 70s before the speech.
While more people said they favored Bush's tax cut proposal after watching his speech, the number who said it should be a top priority for his administration did not change. However, more people however felt it should be a high priority.
All questions had a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.
Reaction to Bush's speech
Reaction to Bush's speaking style
Is Bush leading the country in the right direction?
Are you confident in Bush's ability to carry out presidential duties?
Do you support the proposals outlined in Bush's speech?
What is your opinion of Bush's tax-cut proposals?
Should tax cuts be a high priority for the Bush administration?
How much will taxes go down under Bush's tax-cut plan?
Are you confident in the strength of the economy?
What is your opinion of Bush's Social Security proposal?
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