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    Trump SOTU a hit with viewers

    Trump SOTU a hit with viewers

    Even CNN found views mostly favorable, which must have killed them.

    Screen cap by WAJ, okay to use

    You can get my quick take on Trump’s State of the Union address here.

    What did viewers generally think? According to “instant polls” SOTU was a hit.

    CBS News found that:

    76 percent of viewers approved of what they heard in Pres. Trump’s #SOTU speech; 72 percent said they approved of Pres. Trump’s ideas for immigration.

    Even CNN found favorable views, which must have killed them:

    CNN poll on Trump #SOTU: “59% very positive. 17% somewhat positive. 23% negative.”

    The CNN poll was so favorable, CNN needed to downplay the significance:


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    Well, well, well. The Democrats in California are trying like hell to paper over the poll results from the SOTU.

    Here’s the reporting in today’s San Diego Union-Tribune, which is also likely to be in the LA Times.

    After polling results showing huge approval numbers for that speech, the U-T prints an article about Nancy Pelosi’s bad manners and some truly weird polling numbers. Interestingly, the polling results do not have a separate article entry of their own, nor are they attached to the Pelosi article.

    In brief, the entire point of the survey article appears to be to report low numbers without analysis, and including responses from people who got their information from biased coverage of the speech rather than the speech itself, and regardless of their context or relevance. Splitting up responses on a scale of 1-10 and by three demographic groups, without reporting the relative size of the groups, further obscures the meaning of the poll.

    This is Rachel Maddow level of spin.

    From Zachariel:

    …..We can provide the link — which points directly to the quote on CNN — but we can’t make you click. ….

    So that thing has admitted what it is.

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