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Dial Test Results

Last night over 10,000 MoveOn members participated in our first real-time dial test of the President's State of the Union Speech. Below is a chart showing their reactions to President Obama's speech, with the points of strongest approval and disapproval highlighted:

    Here are the highest rated phrases from the speech

  1. “To recover the rest [of the bailout money], I've proposed a fee on the biggest banks.“
  2. “But even if you doubt the evidence, providing incentives for energy efficiency and clean energy are the right thing to do for our future because the nation that leads the clean energy economy will be the nation that leads the global economy.”
  3. “We should put more Americans to work building clean energy facilities, and give rebates to Americans who make their homes more energy efficient, which supports clean energy jobs.”
  4. “Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests including foreign corporations to spend without limit in our elections. Well I don't think American elections should be bankrolled by America's most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people, and that's why I'm urging Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to right this wrong.”
  5. “And if the Republican leadership is going to insist that sixty votes in the Senate are required to do any business at all in this town, then the responsibility to govern is now yours as well. Just saying no to everything may be good short-term politics, but it's not leadership. We were sent here to serve our citizens, not our ambitions. So let's show the American people that we can do it together.”
  6. “This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are.”

  7. Here are the lowest rated phrases from the speech

  8. “One in ten Americans still cannot find work. Many businesses have shuttered. Home values have declined.”
  9. “That means building a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants in this country. It means making tough decisions about opening new offshore areas for oil and gas development.”
  10. “Starting in 2011, we are prepared to freeze government spending for three years.”
  11. “In Afghanistan, we are increasing our troops”