Polling analysis: State of the Union speeches attract high approval ratings

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Judging from the most memorable line in President Trump's first State of the Union address, it turns out "Americans are dreamers, too".

People who choose to watch a political speech tend to be more supportive of the speaker than the general population; this sample was about 7 points more Republican than the entire American population.

65 percent said the speech made them feel proud; 35 percent said it made them feel safer; 21 percent said it left them angry, and 14 percent said they were scared by the presidential address, whatever that means. Tickets are $12 each and will cover all food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Trump had vowed to bring dramatic changes to U.S. policies, especially in terms of foreign policy.

Co-opting the phrase "dreamer" and applying it to Americans was a slick move.

President Donald Trump is set to deliver remarks to Republican members of Congress at The Greenbrier resort in Sulphur Springs, West Virginia starting at 12:30 p.m. EST.

Roughly a quarter of the way through the 90-minute speech, Trump discussed the recent GOP tax cut and the future of job creation, then said, "This, in fact, is our new American moment". Similarly, he talked of a campaign to apply "maximum pressure" to North Korea but did not elaborate. The president could have argued that "the state of American energy has never been stronger".

It appears that Congress will need to fill in the blanks.

What's more, Trump's starting speeches have started lower than Clinton's and Obama's.

Melania Trump’s first public appearance alongside her husband in weeks came with a side serving of sartorial attitude
Melania Trump’s first public appearance alongside her husband in weeks came with a side serving of sartorial attitude

The president highlighted the crisis that claimed more than 60,000 lives in 2016 alone.

If we break out presidential speeches by themselves using data from Nielsen, the trend looks a little different. And while we're at it, I thought the oddest visual from the Democrats on Tuesday night was from Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

After a rare three consecutive days of not starting his day on Twitter and stirring up controversy, Trump shed his restraints, tweeting twice against congressional Democrats and a third time boasting that his audience of 45.6 million viewers for Tuesday's night's address broke all records.

The host noted that there were a lot of bright spots during the speech tonight, including many inspirational stories.

"Within a week they can grab hold of you, and the feeling you get is a feeling of death when you don't have them", said Harvey.

For example, Trump proudly talked about "beautiful, clean coal", and senators and congressmen rose up and gave a big round of applause.

Despite differences between Democrats and Republicans, both Bridges and Soo said they believe uniting the two parties is a possibility.

His upbeat tweet came moments after he tweeted further attacks on the Democrats over DACA.

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