poll: sotu had little impact on opinion
An ABC News poll confirms what you could probably surmise from blog posts here and elsewhere: Bush's State of the Union speech was seen as convincing by those who already agreed with his policies, and less so by those who didn't.
Bush had less success, moreover, bolstering public confidence in two other issues he tackled — the economy and health insurance. Just about one-third of viewers say the speech raised their confidence in his ability to handle either one, and again these disproportionately are Republicans. Nearly two in 10 — disproportionately Democrats — say they came away with less confidence in Bush's ability to handle these issues.
[B]ottom-line views barely budged: Most support military action to oust Saddam Hussein, but that drops fairly sharply if the United Nations won't go along; and a smaller majority supports a ground war, again dropping if it means substantial U.S. casualties.
Bush's overall job approval rating was 62 percent after the speech; his approval rating for handling Iraq, 58 percent; and for handling the economy, a much lower 46 percent — all essentially the same as they were Monday night.
(via History News Network, which comments: "If this speech was aimed at those on the fence with regard to war with Iraq as some journalists have said, it doesn't appear to have worked at all.")
Update: Daily Kos has more numbers.