WASHINGTON (CNN) – Two out of three Americans who watched President Barack Obama’s health care reform speech Wednesday night favor his health care plans – a 14-point gain among speech-watchers, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national poll of people who tuned into Obama’s address Wednesday night to a joint session of Congress.
Sixty-seven percent of people questioned in the survey say the support Obama’s health care reform proposals that the president outlined in his address, with 29 percent opposed. Those figures are almost identical to a poll conducted immediately after Bill Clinton’s health care speech before Congress in September, 1993.
The audience for the speech appears to be more Democratic than the U.S. population as a whole. Because of this, the results may favor Obama simply because more Democrats than Republicans tune into the speech. The poll surveyed the opinions of people who watched Wednesday night’s speech, and does not reflect the views of all Americans.
As the article later notes, the Clinton speech gave the same kind of temporary bump to a plan destined to failure. Since no one has yet seen the Obama plan (which is supposedly different than the plans we have seen), the devil will be in the details. Once the examination of a new White House authored plan begins expect the poll number to head right back toward where they were yesterday. If there is no new plan, but a rehash of existing plans then one would expect any gains in support to wash away even faster.
In short, good speech but likely not a game changer.
H/T: Donald Douglas