CNN Data Analyst Harry Enten Breaks Down Impact Of Biden’s SOTU Address On Voters


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CNN senior data reporter Harry Enten broke down the impact Monday morning of President Joe Biden’s State of The Union (SOTU) address on voters.

Biden delivered his 2024 SOTU speech Thursday evening, leading with the war in Ukraine, Jan. 6 Capitol riots and COVID-19 pandemic. Enten analyzed polling data regarding how the president’s remarks resonated with Americans, concluding that there was “no change” in voters who view Biden positively.

“Pre-State of The Union, positive views toward Joe Biden, 33%. How about now? Well, the same — 33%. No change,” Enten said.

The poll displayed a slight change among voters who view Biden negatively, increasing from 50% to 54% after the president’s SOTU speech. However, Enten dismissed the difference, chalking it up to the margin of error. (RELATED: ‘Republicans Better Get It Together’: Fox Host Says Biden ‘Did What He Needed To Do’ With SOTU)

“The negative went up a little bit, 50% to 54%. But that’s within the margin of error,” Enten said.

“The bottom line that you should be taking away here, is that there has been no change in the popularity of Joe Biden among all Americans. Not a big surprise,” Enten said. “Traditionally speaking, we haven’t seen that change. I know that there was some of that immediate, you know, post-reaction polling that suggests maybe there would be. But in reality, 33, 33. Don’t have to be a mathematical wizard to know that ain’t any movement.”

The poll surveyed 536 adults over the age of 18 and was conducted from March 8 to 9. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

Former President Donald Trump has a slight edge over Biden when it comes to favorability. Biden’s favorability rating sits at 40.1%, and 55.4% rated him as unfavorable. Meanwhile, Trump’s favorability rating sits at 42.1% and his unfavorable rating at 54.2%, according to RealClearPolitics averages as of late February.