President Gets High Marks For 2nd Term Agenda, Pollsters Find

The second term agenda which President Obama outlined Tuesday night in his State of the Union address—expressed through new policies for energy, pay equity, jobs, and education—was well-received by voters, a prominent Democratic polling organization finds. The president made impressive gains on his personal favorability and trust to move the country in a direction that reflects voters’ values. Following the speech, voters gave him high marks on women’s issues, looking out for the middle class, and plans for the economy, the pollsters at Democracy Corps add. The results were arrived at through dial testing and follow-up focus groups with 44 swing voters in Denver, Colo., the pollsters say. Even Republicans in the pollsters’ audience responded positively to Obama’s plan for … Continue reading

Pollster: SOTU Provides ‘Powerful Framework For Having an Election’

President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night should “help him a lot” in his fight for re-election this year, according to longtime Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg, citing results of a focus group of swing voters held during the speech. The themes the president laid out during his annual televised address to a joint session of Congress cut across party lines and provide a “powerful framework for having an election,” Greenberg says in a briefing with reporters held after the president’s speech. Reaction from 50 swing voters in Denver, Colo., show that Obama’s populist defense of the middle class and their priorities in his State of the Union scored with voters, according to Greenberg’s polling organizations, Democracy Corps and … Continue reading