CBS News Poll: Viewers Call Trump’s Speech To Congress ‘Presidential’ And ‘Unifying’
Viewers across the strongly approved of Tuesday night, with many Democrats joining Republicans in calling it “presidential,” .
The poll found that 82 percent of total speech watchers said Trump’s address was “presidential” while 71 percent called it “unifying.”
When broken down, the found 97 percent of Republicans, 54 percent of Democrats and 88 percent of Independents say Trump came across as “presidential” in his speech.
Half of Democrats did find the speech “divisive” but about one-third of them also said Trump was “specific” and “knowledgeable,” according to the .
Eighty-seven percent of Republicans, 19 percent of Democrats and 66 percent of Independents found the president’s tone to be “very positive” while 18 percent of Democrats and 87 percent of Republicans “strongly approved” of the president’s message.
The president also saw double digit gains in approval of his views on terrorism, Obamacare, crime, the economy and immigration, the poll found.
Wednesday morning, Senate Minority Chuck Schumer appeared less than impressed with what he called dissonance between the president’s words and actions.
“This is another one of his speeches,” he said. “He talks like a populist but he is governing from the far right.”
But Vice Mike Pence said the country saw the president’s true colors.
“President Trump is someone who leads by collaboration,” Pence said. “He brings people together and last night he really challenged the Congress to come together to solve these intractable problems that frankly, we’ve ignored for decades.”
Meanwhile, Twitter says some 3 million tweets were sent about Trump’s speech Tuesday night. The numbers make it the most tweeted speech by a president to Congress in the relatively short history of the platform.
The previous mark was 2.6 million tweets.
The top tweeted moment was the Republican’s call to . That was followed by Trump’s salute to Carryn Owens, the widow of , who was killed last month in
Google says the top trending question users asked during the night was “who wrote Donald Trump’s speech?” People also wanted to know how tall the president is and whether he’s a Democrat or a Republican.