A quick post-speech poll suggests that President Obama succeeded at his goal.
According to the CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey of Americans who watched the address, 68 percent said their reaction to his address was extremely positive and another 24 percent somewhat positive.
Also, 85 percent said his speech made them feel more optimistic about the country's path in the next few years.
Asked whether Obama's policies would move the country in the right direction or now, 88 percent answered the right direction, up from 71 percent in a pre-speech poll, and 82 percent said they generally supported the economic plan he outlined.
And 82 percent said they believed Obama's plan would save or create millions of jobs, 80 percent said they believed Obama's plan would improve the economy, 75 percent said it would improve the healthcare system, and 68 percent said it would cut the federal deficit.The poll as conducted tonight and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.
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“Barack Obama said that ‘the law of credit is the lifeblood of our economy’ and our mission is to restore it, but it seems to me that much of the problem we presently find ourselves in is a result of this very attitude — that the American dream is the right to borrow more money in order to buy more stuff. The real American dream is about freedom, and unfortunately President Obama’s speech left me with the feeling that that dream is fading away.”
— Laura Hill Glenn, photographer, Suwanee