Washington: Reactions to President Barack Obama`s State of the Union address on Tuesday were largely positive among those who watched the speech, a new poll has found.
According to instant polling conducted by CNN/ORC, 77 percent of viewers had a somewhat or very positive view of the address as compared to 22 percent who had a negative response.
The poll found that at the end of the speech, 71 percent said Obama`s policies would move the country in the right direction, up from 65 percent earlier in the evening.
More specifically, 70 percent of respondents said that Obama`s policies on guns would move the country in the right direction, up from 61 percent pre-speech, the Huffington Post reports.
Nearly 44 percent of the network`s sample was Democratic, and just 17 percent was Republican, making it 12 points more Democratic than the American population.
The instant poll`s results are comparable to CNN`s previous surveys following Obama`s past State of the Union speeches, 53 percent of respondents gave the president `very positive` reviews this year, falling between the 48 percent he garnered in 2010 and the 68 percent in 2009, the report added.