President Donald Trump got a boost in his approval rating after his State of the Union address according to a new poll, and it came from a very unlikely source: Democrats.
The Hill-HarrisX poll found that Trump’s approval jumped from 44 percent last week to 47 percent this week, an increase of 3 percentage points.
But the source of his bump appeared to be from Democrats, who only approved of the president by 15 percent, but jumped to 20 percent after the address.
Ethics and Public Policy Center senior fellow Henry Olsen explained that the increase could have been as a result of the president attempting to call for bipartisan cooperation in the speech.
“I think he gets a little bit of a bump because it was a non-Republican speech,” said Olsen.
“It was conciliatory, at least that’s how people who aren’t inexorably opposed to him would have seen it,” he added. “I also think that presidents tend to see an approval rating, after a shutdown is concluded, they tend to see a bump back to their previous levels. And I think you’re beginning to register that.”
The president attempted to reach out the other side of the aisle many times during his speech, including one memorable moment when Democrats sprung out of their chairs to cheer wildly for his acknowledging the highest rate of women in Congress in U.S. history.
The approval rating from Republicans also climbed from 81 percent to 85 percent after the speech.
Independents, on the other hand, dipped slightly in their approval rating of the president from 42 percent to 41 percent.
Initial reports from instant polling about the address found a very high approval rating among those who viewed the speech.
Here’s more about the reaction to the SOTU address:
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