Residents react to SOTU

Residents react to SOTU

YUMA, Ariz. – Residents in the desert southwest have very different opinions on President Obama with his final State of the Union Address Tuesday night.

After a new CBS New York Times poll which shows Americans are divided on what the president has done in office. 46% approve of his job performance while 47% disapprove.

We wanted to see what local residents had to say on the matter and the views are as diverse as you may expect.

“For me as a Democrat I think he’s done very well. I approve of the Obama Care,” said Yuma resident Valerie.

“I disagree with everything he’s done because he’s damaged the United States a lot,” said Michael Wilkinson who also lives in Yuma.

According to the White House, the unemployment rate is lower than it’s been in more than seven years.  They say American manufacturers have added nearly 900,000 jobs over the past six years.

We asked Yuma County Supervisor Russ Clark on what he thought the next president should focus on.

“The next president needs to focus on productivity and getting people back to work,” Clark said.

Clark says a lot of people aren’t accounted for in the unemployment rates.


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Denelle Confair graduated with her Bachelors from Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Broadcast and Mass Communication. She got her first on air reporter job for the NBC affiliate in Montana. After her time there she reported for the NBC affiliate in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. In Texas she covered multiple stories on the Gulf Cartel and immigration. Now she says she's glad to be back in her home state of Arizona. In her free time she enjoys hiking and writing. For story ideas you can email her at or find her on Facebook.

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