A big fat juicy rat. This poll was quoted today on Brit Hume:
In a snap Gallup poll taken after the president’s address Tuesday night, in which far more Republicans than Democrats responded, the vast majority says their reaction to the speech was positive. In fact, nearly half say their reaction was “very positive.”
What’s more, 54 percent now say the U.S. and its allies are winning the war in Iraq, compared with only 44 percent who said that before the speech. And substantially more now say President Bush (search) has a clear plan for handling the situation in Iraq, and say the U.S. should stay there until the situation improves.
A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll of Americans who watched President Bush’s Iraq speech Tuesday night showed that 46 percent had a “very positive” reaction to what they heard.
The poll was taken immediately after the speech, and the 323 adults interviewed were 50 percent Republican, 23 percent Democratic and 27 percent independent. The margin of error was plus or minus 6 percentage points.
Another 28 percent said they were “somewhat positive” about what they heard, and 26 percent said they had a “negative” reaction.
Get that? The setup: The day after the speech, 78% of Americans watching the speech had a positive view of it. But they just happened to choose a pool of twice as many Republicans as Democrats. My crystal ball tells me that in about a week, another poll will come out with an equal sampling of Republicans and Democrats with numbers closer to “Only half of Americans have a positive view of the President’s war in Iraq, a week after polls showed high positive response to the President’s speech, leading some experts to believe that the initial response was only a superficial bounce, quickly taken over by evidence of the sobering reality on the ground.” Presented, of course, in dour tones by the Anne Comptons of the world.