SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) — Half of Californians who watched Tuesday evening’s State of the Union speech by President Barack Obama believed the tone was “just right” and think he will be re-elected in November, according to a KPIX-TV CBS 5 poll.
The poll found 50% of Californians contacted immediately after Obama concluded his address said the speech was “just right,” compared to 29% who thought the speech was too ambitious and 9% who thought it was too timid. By a 2-1 margin, those who watched the speech said Obama would be re-elected.
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According to the poll results, 57% felt Obama has the right plan for American energy independence; 22% said he has the wrong plan and 13% said Obama has no real plan.
Of all Californians surveyed – not just those who watched the speech – 34% indicated the nation is headed in the right direction, while 59% felt the country is headed in the wrong direction.
The poll found 33% of Californians believed the U.S. is better off than it was a year ago at the last State of the Union address, but 38% concluded the nation is worse off. Of those surveyed, 28% said they personally were better off than a year ago, while 34% said they were worse off.
The CBS 5 poll of 800 adults across the state was conducted Tuesday night by the firm SurveyUSA. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5%.
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