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President Trump's Address Gets High Marks

President Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, speaking for one hour and 20 minutes about foreign policy, immigration, healthcare, and other pressing topics.

The president received thunderous applause from most of those present at the Capitol, but the Democrats were noticeably seated for the large majority of the president's speech.

Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Paul Ryan

On social media, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) were widely critiqued for the apathetic attitude that they displayed as President Trump spoke.

The reaction from most of the viewers outside of the Capitol, however, was far less polarized. A CBS News YouGov poll shows that 75% of those who watched the speech approved of it, while only 25% disapproved.

A more detailed breakdown of these results shows that 97% of Republicans, 43% of Democrats, and 72% of independents approved the speech.

The margin of error was +/-3%.

The speech started on a positive note with a recognition of Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Lousiana), who was gravely wounded in a mass shooting in June 2017. The president called Scalise, who has since recovered and rejoined his colleagues in Congress, "the legend from Louisiana."

The president went on to recognize scores of individuals, including members of the armed forces, a North Korean defector named Ji Seong-ho, parents of teenagers killed by MS-13, and a 12-year-old who coordinated an effort to adorn veterans' graves with flags.

Trump used these heroic individuals as anecdotes as he presented his plans for the future.