Trump Address to Congress: Modest Gains

Action Fund Research — March 1, 2017

To track reaction to Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress on February 28, we commissioned Democracy Corps and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research to conduct live-dial focus group testing and pre- and post-address polling with several key groups of 2018 voters — white working class men and women, unmarried women, millennials, and minorities.

Our overall finding was that Trump’s address did produce modest improvements in his favorability and job approval ratings across all the groups. His biggest gains were among white working class women, but he didn’t appreciably improve his job-approval from millennials or white unmarried women. Millennials in particular didn’t change their minds about Trump during the address, and he even lost ground with them on a few points, such as the economy, keeping the country safe, and creating and keeping good jobs in America.

Here’s the speech with the live-dial results:

Download the full findings of this study below.


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