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Clarus Research Group Survey: Top Political Strategists React to Obama's Health Care Speech, Rate Effectiveness

Thursday, September 17, 2009 General News J E 4
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 Immediately after President Obama's speech to a Joint Session of Congress last night, Clarus Research Group surveyed 44 of the nation's top political, legislative and communications strategists -- representing a broad array of expertise in politics, government, media consulting, lobbying, and public relations.

The Results:

Selected comments from Republicans surveyed:

Selected comments from Democrats surveyed:

Selected comments from Nonpartisans surveyed:

Clarus Research Group is a nonpartisan, full-service survey research firm based in Washington, D.C. For more details on how experts rate Obama's speech, see this chart:

Chart: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090910/DC73461

-- "Democrats were very happy with the speech, but most reactions were short of wild enthusiasm," said Ron Faucheux, president of Clarus. Democrats gave Obama an average rating of 8.0 on a 10-point scale. -- "While Democrats thought it was a solid, effective - even great - speech, some expressed doubts about its long-term political effect," Faucheux said. "Some Democrats also said the speech was too late in coming." -- "Republicans were predictably negative on the substance, but thought Obama's delivery was impressive," said Faucheux. Republicans gave Obama an average rating of 6.2. -- Nonpartisans gave Obama an average rating of 7.2. "They thought the speech was more effective at accomplishing Obama's immediate legislative goal of passing health care reform than his long-term political goals, including re-election," Faucheux said. -- Respondents from all three groups gave Obama high marks for presentation. Interestingly, Republicans gave Obama a rating in this category almost as high as did independents and even Democrats.

SOURCE Clarus Research Group
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