Americans Rate Donald Trump’s Inauguration Speech Positively; Favorability Jumps Seven Points

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: President Donald Trump delivers his inaugural address on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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A majority of Americans praised President Donald Trump’s inauguration speech, according to a Morning Consult/National Tracking Poll, despite media criticism that it was too dark and divisive.

The release states:

  • Overall positive reactions: 49% of respondents thought the speech was good or excellent, compared to 39% who found it only fair or poor. Additionally, 55% of voters thought it was better than they expected it to be.
  • Much more optimistic than pessimistic: 51% found the speech optimistic and 50% found it hopeful. Only 26% found it to be pessimistic.
  • “America First” is a hit: 65% of voters reacted positively to the passage in which Trump said, “It’s going to be America First.” 22% reacted negatively to this concept.
  • Definitely not boring: only 21% of respondents found the speech boring, compared to 57% who didn’t.

The poll also shows that Trump’s favorability ratings have swung seven points. Forty-nine percent view him favorably, while 44 percent view him unfavorably. Prior to the speech, only 46 percent viewed him favorably, and 48 percent viewed him unfavorably.

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