Speech Boosts Obama’s Support

The focus on Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s disastrous response may actually overshadow the effectiveness of President Obama’s speech: According to a poll from CBS News, 63 percent of Americans approved of Obama’s handling of the economic crisis before the speech and 80 percent approved of it after the speech. Similarly, 36 percent thought his economic plan would help them personally before the speech, and 51 percent after. A full 74 percent now think President Obama’s plan will improve the economy, while only 26 percent think it will make no difference or make it worse.