Navigation Links
Clarus Research Group Survey: Top Political Strategists React to Obama's Health Care Speech, Rate Effectiveness
Date:9/10/2009

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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:

  • "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.

Selected comments from Republicans surveyed:

  • The speech was too short on details.
  • He's in love with his own oratory.
  • He was more effective early on when he showed determination to succeed.
  • Turning this into a moral imperative to fulfill Ted Kennedy's last breath insults the intelligence of a lot of voters.
  • Classic Obama in delivery, tone and effort to straddle the middle of the road.
  • Obfuscation rather than searching for real solutions, and his demonstration of bipartisan cooperation is nonexistent.
  • Good delivery, well written. But when the policy is wrong, it doesn't matter how good the rhetoric is.

Selected comments from Democrats surveyed:

  • This same speech would have been twice as effective if it had been given three months ago.
  • Great speech, but wanted to hear more of the moral/emotional pull up front.
  • A very reassuring speech, well delivered. Had it been the opening salvo in the health care debate months ago, the Republicans would now be on the defense.
  • Best speech to a Joint Session I've ever heard.
  • Too soft on the opposition's efforts to kill any reform.
  • Somewhere between Ted Kennedy and Jimmy Carter.
  • Republicans acted like churlish adolescents. It is one thing to be in opposition, it is quite another to be rude and disrespectful.

Selected comments from Nonpartisans surveyed:

  • Solid performance, but too late. He lost control of the issue two months ago.
  • He needed to hit one out of the park tonight and he did just that.
  • He may not have changed the dynamic, but he set his markers effectively. He needs to take the issue away from both Pelosi and Republican hardliners.
  • Strong speech, but not a "game changer."
  • Will his rhetoric hold up when the details are ironed out?

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


'/>"/>
SOURCE Clarus Research Group
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Clarus Ventures Hires Former Merck President Ed Scolnick and Broad Institute Scientist Finny Kuruvilla
2. Altus Healthcare Management Systems Oprex Surgery Center, Clarus Imaging Center & Zerenity Sleep Lab of Houston
3. New AOTMP Research Reveals that 21% of Enterprises Don't Have or Don't Know if they Have Telecom Expense Management Reporting
4. $3.5 million NIH grant supports AIDS vaccine research at UC Santa Cruz
5. DSS Research Announces Outbound Education and Verification Program Meets New CMS Requirements
6. Research Firm will Obtain Americans Reactions to the Presidents Speech on Health Care Reform
7. UAB researchers find TB-prevention therapy is cost-effective option
8. $750,000 Awarded for Cutting-Edge Asthma Research to See Changes in the Lungs During an Attack
9. Premier Research Strengthens their Medical Affairs and Strategic Consulting Group with New Appointments
10. Injury Research and Health Organizations Urge Congress to Save Lives and Money by Including Injury Prevention in Health Care Reform
11. NIH awards major grant to Chicago-based consortium to create center for AIDS research
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/22/2017)... ... 22, 2017 , ... TopConsumerReviews.com recently awarded their highest five-star ... promote pancreatic health and regulate blood sugar levels . , Preventing diabetes ... negative side effects, and with the changes in today’s healthcare industry, not everyone ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... ... September 22, 2017 , ... "Success Files," a short- ... Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a disease estimated to affect the lives of more than ... the Alzheimer’s Association, a leading voice in the fight for cure and research ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... ... ... of the Spirit: “Love””: a delightful adventure of two friends who play and ... “Love”” is the creation of published author, Halimah Jones, who was born and raised ... avid writer, her inspiration for “Fruit of the Spirit: “Love”” blossomed from her background ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... ... September 22, 2017 , ... The ... at customers’ doorstep. According to Smart Mart, customers can now order vegetable, fruit, ... wearable, and customers can find clothing at discounted prices. Apart from this, Smart ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... ... September 22, 2017 , ... ... other tick-borne diseases through research, education and awareness, today announced the appointment of ... immunologist and microbiologist, Dr. Sellati has more than 20 years of research experience ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/18/2017)... , Pa. and KALAMAZOO, Mich. , Sept. ... Penn. , and OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy of ... partnership to offer a strategic hub service that expedites ... highly sought-after personal spirometer, Spiro PD 2.0, and wellness ... A spirometer is a medical device used to measure ...
(Date:9/13/2017)... 2017   OrthoAtlanta has been named the official ... Committee (AFHC) for the 2018 College Football Playoff (CFP) National ... Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia . OrthoAtlanta ... In" campaign, participating in many activities leading up to, and ... ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... N.J. , Sept. 12, 2017  Consumer reviews on the ... Hearing as the number one company for hearing aids, ranking ... and fifteen other brands. ... Embrace Hearing Named #1 by Consumers For Hearing Aids ... Embrace Hearing is an online store that provides high ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: