State of the Union gets high marks from Ohio voters, says poll
Working class voters' reaction was 'extremely positive' to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night, says Democratic pollster. Voters in Columbus, Ohio, participated in the survey.
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Democratic pollster Geoff Garin conducted a focus group during last nightâs State of the Union address with voters in Columbus, Ohio (a key swing state). The group was evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans/Independents - and, according toÂ a memo by Garin, the overall reaction to the speech was extremely positive.
A few highlights from the memo:Â
- In a before-and-after test, the proportion of participants describing Obama as âa strong leaderâ rose from 39% to 71%.
- Fully 78% said after the speech that Obama âlooks out for the middle class,â up from 59% before the speech.
- The share of participants who said Obama has good ideas for improving the economy rose from 39% before the speech to 79% after the speech.
Perhaps the most notable point, to Decoderâs mind, was this:
âOf particular interest in watching the dials during the speech were the number of points during which the President broke through with non-college-educated participants, who traditionally have been a skeptical and difficult audience for him. His discussion of jobs and economic fairness was especially effective with this group.â
Republicans are accusing Obama of âclass warfareâ - but in this particular focus group, the presidentâs theme of an economy that works for everyone seemed to resonate. In fact,Â âonly six of the 28 participants said Obama âwent too far in dividing the country along economic lines and engaging in class warfare.ââ If Obama can win over working-class whites in Columbus, Ohio - well, letâs just say thatâs a pretty good sign for his reelection prospects.
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