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Poll: 75 percent of voters approve of Trump’s State of the Union

Poll: 75 percent of voters approve of Trump’s State of the Union
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A strong majority of voters who watched President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US MORE’s first State of the Union said they approve of the president’s remarks, according to a new poll

A CBS News poll conducted in the immediate aftermath of the speech found that 75 percent approve of the speech. Eighty percent said Trump was trying to unite, rather than divide, the country.

The survey sampled more Republicans than a traditional poll would have, since members of the president's party are more likely to tune in. The survey’s partisan breakdown is 42 percent Republican, 33 percent independent and 25 percent Democratic.

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Still, Trump outperformed among all these groups, with 97 percent of Republicans, 72 percent of independents and 43 percent of Democrats saying they approve. By contrast, a CBS poll released earlier this month found that only 33 percent of independents and 7 percent of Democrats approve of the job Trump is doing in office. 

Sixty-five percent of those surveyed said Trump’s speech made them feel proud, 35 percent said safer, 21 percent said angry and 14 percent said it made them feel scared.

The poll found that voters were receptive to the president’s policy pitches, with 91 percent favoring a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan, 75 percent voicing support for his national security outline and 72 percent saying they favor his immigration proposals.

Seventy-six percent of those who watched the speech said Trump deserves some or a lot of credit for the economy. 

The CBS News survey of 1,178 voters was conducted on Jan. 30 and has a 3.1 percentage point margin of error.