CBS News is first out the gate with a survey testing the reactions to the Sort-of-State-of-the-Union speech, with a Web-based poll by Knowledge Networks showing respondents’ views of Obama before and after the speech.
The first number out so far: 62% of speech-watchers before the speech approved of President Obama’s plans for dealing with the economy. Afterwards, the number increased to 79%.
But this one is the biggie: Before the speech, only 35% thought Obama’s economic plans would personally help them. After the speech, that number jumped up to 52%.
Note that the increase in the number of people who thought Obama’s plans would help them was the exact same number as the increase in those who approved of his policies.