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Poll on Bush Speech Shows 48 Percent Approval


A public-opinion survey immediately after President Bush's State of the Union address indicates Americans reacted positively to his message.

CNN (Cable News Network) television says 48 percent of the people who were contacted had a "very positive" reaction to Mr. Bush's speech. Another 27 percent described their feelings as "somewhat favorable," and 23 percent of those surveyed reacted negatively to the president's remarks.

The network says its polling organization interviewed 464 people. Because the survey involved only people who watched the speech on television, CNN says the comments include more favorable opinions than a true random sampling might indicate.

According to CNN, the poll had a five-percent margin of possible error. Forty three percent of those who took part said they were Republicans, 23 percent said they were Democrats and 34 percent described themselves as independents.