Sixty-eight percent of respondents in the CNN poll said they believe Trump's immigration policies would move the country in the right direction and 31 percent said they would move the country in the wrong direction.
This time, the dissonance between Trump's words and the political reality was more jarring than ever.
When the president delivers the State of the Union, "it is customary for the Speaker of the House to introduce him", according to Time magazine.
Trump's third speech to a joint session of Congress, delayed by one week following the 35-day government shutdown, opened with a call for unity that was quickly followed by an attack on "partisan investigations".
He said, "The only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics or ridiculous partisan investigations" an apparent swipe at the special counsel investigation into ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 campaign.
"We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom - and we condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair", Trump said.
Trump highlighted bipartisan successes of the past two years, including criminal justice reform via the First Step Bill legislation, before calling on Republicans and Democrats to come together to tackle "an urgent national crisis" on "our very unsafe southern border".
The change in the Capitol was on display as Pelosi and scores of House Democratic women wore white, the color of the suffrage movement, reflecting the fact that 131 women were sworn into the new Congress, the most in American history.
Trump seemed to have unintentionally given them the opening to gloat.
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Like Portnoy, he said Trump started before Pelosi could address the audience.
So sure, thank you, Trump. "It just doesn't work that way".
Trump accepted no blame for his role in cultivating the rancorous atmosphere in the nation's capital, and he didn't outline a clear path for collaborating with Democrats who are eager to block his agenda.
Though it was Trump at the lectern, many eyes in the chamber and on screens nationwide were looking over his left shoulder at the California Democrat, who has become his toughest domestic rival.
Communications specialist and speech coach Ruth Sherman saw "good moments, affectionate moments that warm him up to a country that needs to warm up to him".
"To many people this speech will be remembered for his continued obsession with the wall, the demonization of immigrants, and his freakish attack on congressional investigations". Trump has been teasing the meeting in recent weeks.
The president ticked through a litany of issues with crossover appeal, including boosting infrastructure, lowering prescription drug costs and combating childhood cancer.
Pelosi and Trump have had a tense relationship since the government shutdown that kicked off her speakership.