Those who watched or saw coverage of the president’s State of the Union address on Jan. 25 generally gave it positive reviews. The speech does not, however, appear to have significantly affected Obama’s job approval rating. Obama averaged 50% for the five days preceding his speech (Jan. 20-24) and 50% for the five days afterward (Jan. 26-30).
Highest Since May
Obama’s job approval rating was generally in the mid-40% range in the summer and fall of 2010, including his lowest weekly average of 43% measured during two weeks in August. Approval rose to the high 40% range in December before reaching the current 50% average over the last two weeks of January.
The increase in Obama’s ratings late last year and early this year was coincident with the bipartisan agreement on several pieces of legislation, including the extension of tax cuts and the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, and Obama’s well-received speech in Tucson on Jan. 12 after the shootings there on Jan. 8.
President Obama’s job approval rating for the week of Jan. 24-30 was 84% among Democrats, 45% among independents, and 15% among Republicans.
Not Predictive of 2012 Election at This Point