Forty-four percent of people had a very positive reaction to President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, according to a small snap poll taken shortly after the speech.
A CNN poll of those who watched the speech found another 32 percent had a somewhat positive reaction, while 22 percent had at least a somewhat negative reaction.
The poll of 371 people oversampled Democrats, a common occurrence after a Democratic president gives a major speech.
Fifty-nine percent of people said Obama would succeed in improving the economy based on proposals outlined in the speech, while 36 percent of people disagreed.
However, those who watched the speech were skeptical the laundry list of proposals outlined would eventually become law. Only 8 percent said the proposals were very likely to become law, while 45 percent said they were somewhat likely to be enacted. Another 46 percent said they were not too likely or not likely at all to become law.
President Obama outlined a number of executive actions in his speech, including a hike of the minimum wage for future federal contract workers. He said he is more than happy to work with Congress, but will not hesitate to act unilaterally.
The poll found only 30 percent of people would rather see Obama take unilateral action than reach bipartisan compromise.
Sixty-seven percent of people said they would prefer Obama work with Congress on major issues.