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President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, as Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., listen. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Image via AP)

Trump's 'presidential' address to Congress is getting rave reviews


President Trump's first address to Congress on Tuesday marked a significant shift in tone from his Inaugural Address and campaign speeches. And while the speech had its detractors, early polls showed many who watched the speech left the stage impressed. 

A CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday found 57 percent of viewers had a "very positive" reaction to the speech, while 21 percent felt "somewhat positive." About 21 percent felt negatively. CNN surveyed 509 Americans, with about 8 percent more Republicans responding than Democrats. 

Here are how many respondents thought Trump's proposals went in the right direction: 

  • Economy: 72 percent
  • Terrorism: 70 percent
  • Taxes: 64 percent
  • Immigration: 62 percent
  • Health care: 61 percent

26 percent thought the speech was "too conservative." Eight percent said it wasn't conservative enough, while about two-thirds of viewers thought it was just right.

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President Donald Trump reacts after addressing a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Image via AP)

Similarly, a CBS News/YouGov poll found 76 percent of speech watchers approved of the speech. About 82 percent thought he was "presidential," and 71 percent called him "inspiring." The poll covered 857 people, and CBS said more Republicans tuned in.

Trump seemed pleased with the positive reception.

Trump aide Kellyanne Conway, a former pollster herself, took notice.

So did former transition team communications director Jason Miller.

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