Initial polls show positive reactions to Obama’s SOTU

INITIAL POLLS SHOW POSITIVE REACTIONS TO OBAMA’S SOTU…. The State of the Union address wrapped up about 11 hours ago, so it’s too early to get a complete picture of how it resonated with the public. For that matter, not everyone watches these speeches — and those who do are likely more inclined to agree with what President Obama has to say.

That said, there are some early reports pointing to positive public reactions to the speech. CBS News, for example, published these results overnight.

An overwhelming majority of Americans approved of the overall message in President Obama’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, according to a CBS News poll of speech watchers.

According to the poll, which was conducted online by Knowledge Networks immediately after the president’s address, 91 percent of those who watched the speech approved of the proposals Mr. Obama put forth during his remarks. Only nine percent disapproved.

Last year, 83 percent of viewers approved of Mr. Obama’s State of the Union remarks.

A CNN poll, meanwhile, found a combined 85% of viewers having a positive reaction to the address.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey indicated that 52 percent of speech watchers had a very positive reaction, with 32 percent saying they had a somewhat positive response and 15 percent with a negative response.

The 52 percent who indicated they had a very positive response is up four points from the 48 percent of speech watchers who felt the same way a year ago about the president’s January 27, 2010 State of the Union address.

There was also a focus group report published by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner overnight, which noted a group of swing voters who seemed very impressed with what they heard.

Immediate reactions can shift, of course, and Mark Blumenthal is right to note that “these sorts of positive responses rarely translate into meaningful, lasting changes in public opinion.”

Still, the White House will likely be pleased with the positive early reactions — they’re far better than the alternative — and try to build on this moving forward.