Viewers Hopeful After Obama Speech

Poll finds big majority of viewers more optimistic after president's address to Congress
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2009 12:48 AM CST

(Newser) – Viewers who watched Barack Obama's first speech to Congress felt hopeful and reassured about the country's direction after the president spoke, a CNN poll finds. Of those polled, 68% said they felt very positive about the speech, 24% felt positive, and just 8% said they had a negative reaction. An overwhelming 85% of the audience—which CNN estimates is skewed about 10% Democratic—said the speech made them more optimistic, and 82% said they support the president's economic plan.