Reactions to Obama's State of Union address largely positive

Washington, Feb. 13 (ANI): Reactions to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday were largely positive among those who watched the speech, a new poll has found.

According to instant polling conducted by CNN/ORC, 77 percent of viewers had a somewhat or very positive view of the address as compared to 22 percent who had a negative response.

The poll found that at the end of the speech, 71 percent said Obama's policies would move the country in the right direction, up from 65 percent earlier in the evening.

More specifically, 70 percent of respondents said that Obama's policies on guns would move the country in the right direction, up from 61 percent pre-speech, the Huffington Post reports.

Nearly 44 percent of the network's sample was Democratic, and just 17 percent was Republican, making it 12 points more Democratic than the American population.

The instant poll's results are comparable to CNN's previous surveys following Obama's past State of the Union speeches, 53 percent of respondents gave the president 'very positive' reviews this year, falling between the 48 percent he garnered in 2010 and the 68 percent in 2009, the report added. (ANI)

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