As President Donald Trump prepares to make his first formal State of the Union address, what are Americans thinking? How do people feel he has performed so far as president, and what do they hope to hear him say about the future? On this special episode, we ask them. Later, we report on the aspects of the state of the union with which Americans are most and least satisfied.
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Less than half of Americans view the state of the nation positively, slightly improved from 2010, the recent low. Partisans' assessments differ sharply.
Americans' views of Donald Trump's handling of his job as president are largely shaped by the same social fissures that have long divided U.S. public opinion.