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Negative reviews for Obama on the spill

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows disapproval of President Obama's handling of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico edging higher nationally, and in the most affected counties on the Gulf Coast, disapproval outpaces approval by nearly 3 to 1.

Overall, 53 percent of Americans disapprove of Obama's handling of the spill, up four points from an early June poll. "Strong" disapproval of his job has climbed seven points to 40 percent, with the sharpest increase coming among Republicans.

In the Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi counties where oil has already begun washing ashore, 73 percent disapprove of the job the president is doing managing the spill (59 percent strongly), while 24 percent approve. The area is a deeply Republican enclave. With the exception of Orleans Parish in Louisiana, Obama did not top 45 percent of the 2008 presidential vote in any of the affected counties. Republican nominee Sen. John S. McCain carried the area overall by a 61 to 38 percent margin.

Obama's handling of the oil spill

Nationwide
Strong disapprove 40%

[Chart]

Gulf counties
Strong disapprove 59%

[Chart]

Still, even Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents in the affected area express doubts about the president's performance on the issue (50 percent disapprove, 43 percent approve).

But Obama is not the only target of Gulf Coast residents' ire. More than seven in 10 in the affected counties give the federal government negative ratings on its handling of the spill, and over eight in 10 give BP low marks. Disapproval for both the federal government and BP are at about the same levels nationally.

The federal government's ban on offshore drilling draws particular disdain from Gulf residents, with six in 10 opposed to the six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling, including more than seven in 10 in the Louisiana parishes nearest the spill. Nationwide, there is broader support for the suspension, with six in 10 in favor of it.

Whenever the ban is lifted, half of those in Gulf Coast counties say drilling ought to continue at the level it was before the ban, 23 percent say it should be increased and 22 percent would prefer it be decreased or stopped altogether.

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  July 14, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency , BP oil spill , Barack Obama , Post Polls  
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Crude oil continues to invade the Gulf; as BP, the US Government, and other official agencies monitoring the toxic crude, continues to FIDDLE. That is what I called the Dance of Deliberate Deception. No one will come forward with the intestinal fortitude, and declare the obvious - that crude oil is toxic to breathe. I have been told by OSHA that a medical study cannot be conducted until after 6 months of exposure. WHAT? There have been 21 years since the exposure of the crude oil in Prince William Sound, and no one is listening. So, after 6 months of workers in the gulf breathe in the crude oil, a study can be conducted? That leads me to believe that the government is holding up the rug, while BP sweeps known reports under the same rug, and the other agencies conduct the Dance of Deliberate Deception on top of the rug.

Please watch the Youtube video then stand up with me and demand honest answers for the Gulf residents, and cleanup workers who will be suffering from the toxicity of the crude oil, if this political dance is allowed to continue.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5M1J7U2GYA0

Posted by: msavage12 | July 14, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Good - finally people are coming to their senses to realize that the POTUS is in unchartered territory and has no clue how to manage a serious situation. Blame it on someone else is the key to his ability. The amazing thing is that some buy into it. I have no patience with someone who portrays himself to be everything to everyone. Obviously, he is not the god his electors thought him to be. He fooled everyone - and he fooled himself to boot.

Posted by: PittAlum | July 14, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

It feels good to lash out, to rage, rage against that which hurts you. Childish, but understandable.

I would like to know what the voters would have done differently to stop/control the leak, other than more drill baby drill.

Posted by: youfunny100 | July 14, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Have you been abroad, without access to communications or news sources, sedated or in a comma for the last few months, youfunny100?

Stolen from another comment thread here on WaPo:
cperr57 wrote:
Here are the countries and organizations that offered help, and were refused by our esteemed leader: U.S. has received offers to assist from 17 countries and four international organizations. The countries are : Canada, Mexico, Korea, Croatia, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Vietnam. The organizations are : the European Union, including the European Maritime Safety Agency, the environmental unit of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and the United Nations Environment Program and the International Maritime Organization.
6/15/2010 10:36:42 PM

note - this post is nearly TWO MONTHS AFTER the initial explosion on the "Deepwater Horizon". Have YOU found your inner child, MORON?

Posted by: sosueme1 | July 14, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

.

Hey Democrats,

The Sky's the limit

BYE BYE

DEMOCRATS

.

Posted by: kstobbe1 | July 14, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

BP said they would pay from the beginning of this crisis and, when they set up the $20B escrow fund, Obama took all the credit and basically walked away from the entire disaster to focus on more important things...like amnesty for illegal aliens and suing the state of Arizona. Now the entire crisis is left in the hands of BP and Michelle Obama. Nice.

How could you be pleased with Obama's handling of this disaster?

Posted by: Digitalman08 | July 14, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

the wacko's in those states--who want small govt etc except when they need it-werent gonna vote for him anyway. he should made them explicitly ask for federal help--they already receive more fed funds than they pay in taxes. i woulda told 'em to go to hell.

Posted by: tedri50 | July 14, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

If I had any money to bet, I would bet Obama is using this oil spill for his own personal political gain(cap and trade). How many days did it take for him get involved? How many times was the oil clean-up stopped for stupid reasons? Now the cap is on ready to go and now they need government say to try to stop the oil,delayed..why? Why is it OK for Obama to give a billion dollars to Brazil for deep (deeper)water drilling? Brazil needs oil rigs, where will they get them? A moratorium will help move the rigs. After the rigs and the jobs are gone what then? This President and his hacks clearly can not be trusted.

Posted by: davidcschumaker | July 14, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the people in the cracker Klan heavy counties in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana don't like Obama. That's a lot like saying people in Tennessee love football. Hardly a reach.

Posted by: ElectricBill | July 14, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

I am highly confused.

73% of the people polled disapprove of the job the president is doing managing the spill (59 percent strongly), while 24 percent approve. The area is a deeply Republican enclave.

But Obama is not the only target of Gulf Coast residents' ire. More than seven in 10 in the affected counties give the federal government negative ratings on its handling of the spill, and over eight in 10 give BP low marks.


Hmmm...

And yet, these people still want more drilling off their shores. Either I am crazy or these people are ignorant, confused, and crazy.

They want more drilling, it has been proven that drilling off the continental shelf is not safe, and that a SPILL can cause more damage to the environment and peoples lives than a Hurricane.

What am I missing?

Posted by: lcarter0311 | July 14, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

On this oil spill Obama showed himself to be totally inept, incompentent and inexperienced to be able to handle any crisis. Never again an OJT President! What a disaster he has been for the Democratic Socialist Party! He is taking many of them off the cliff with himself and obviously has no prayer of being reelected. He has destroyed the countrys economy with all his harrassment, corruption and downright anti american attitude and arrogance. NOvember cannot come soon enough for Americans who cannot find a job in his anti jobs administration.

Posted by: cdorbg | July 14, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Yes, they want more drilling offshore, because it's important to the economy. This could have been cleaned up in the first few days if the stupid Obama administration had accepted help offered from countries with the expertise. Quit say stupid things, lcarter0311 (any relation to JIMMY? You sound like you're related to that loser!)

Posted by: georges2 | July 14, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

It feels good to lash out, to rage, rage against that which hurts you. Childish, but understandable.

I would like to know what the voters would have done differently to stop/control the leak, other than more drill baby drill.

Posted by: youfunny100 | July 14, 2010 6:06 PM
========================================
Heck, the voters would have put their collective fingers on the leak and plugged it. It is only a mile deep. It would have been a snap, had Obama not interfered or delayed taking the ownership of the problem right up front!

And then the voters would reduce driving around and get rid of SUVs and get hybrid cars.

But that Obama. And that Government. Ans now we have a problem.

By the way, replace BP with Exxon or Haliburton and calculate how many billions would be in the escrow account?

Posted by: kishorgala | July 14, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Let's see here....economy tanks and Obama's Administration authors a bail-out plan, which draws criticism that he's a facist taking over the banking industry, the Car industry...etc.

You think He's (Obama) gonna dive in for another session of NEOCONS accusing him of taking over the OIL industry?

Which page do you want to read from, CONS?

I think he's looking for the self-proclaimed (oil industry giants) to do the right thing.

and you're blaming OBAMA?

I really need to get out of this idiot town, if that's your damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't wish for the President.

I think he's been very patient with BOTH the critics and the oils companies.

WHAT the F*** would YOU have done differently?

REALLY?

Posted by: pgibson1 | July 14, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse


Barry the inept bungler and his cabinet issued a drilling permit in 2009 but skipped the safety inspections.

The first two weeks after the explosion that killed 11 men, Barry sat on his hands and said nothing. Twice in the first 30 days Barry went on vacation.

Barry the incompetent boob then sat on his hands for TEN WEEKS before allowing the first foreign-flagged ship to help with the cleanup. Meanwhile two million gallons per day of oil continues to spill into the Gulf for 86 days and counting.

Miserable failure Obama

Posted by: screwjob17 | July 14, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama is probably the most inept elected official I can remember in my 70+ years (Roosevelt - Obama). He is dismantling the economy, and doing the same to the Democratic Party! He should go ahead and appoint Clinton the 'PRESIDENT CZAR', and then take an extended vacation for the next two and a half years.

Hillary is the solution in 2012 -- NO MORE OBAMA!!!

Posted by: wheeljc | July 14, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

The liberal news media had said many times that Pres. Obama was smart and Gov. Palin was stupid.

Before Gov. Palin became Gov., she wrote in her book titled "Going Rogue," on page 153:

"Prior to the election it had been revealed that "BP" had been trying to save money for years by cutting corners on oil pipeline maintenance of the North Slope. This is very serious: leaks and spills from corroded pipelines were all too common and harmed the environment plus led to production slowdowns. So one of my first priorities was to establish the Petroleum Systems Integrity Office (PSIO). With the creation of the PSIO, Alaska became the first 'state' to require industry operators to document their compliance with maintenance and quality assurance standards, and to share that information with the 'state'."

So if Gov. Palin rejected BP's bid for the Alaska pipeline, because she knew of BP's reckless maintenance and quality control standards, how is it that Pres. Obama was going to give BP a safety award?

In regards to BP, who is the stupid one? Obama or Palin?

Posted by: Chuck8764 | July 14, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Just one more case that when it comes to being a Presidential Leader, Obama is a good Community Organizer, in other words, he's in way over his head, in this case about 5000 feet over his head.

Posted by: jonweiss1 | July 14, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

It's not as if the majority of people in these states would ever really like Obama, much less vote for him. So the point is......?

Posted by: Aquarius1 | July 14, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Actually, President Obama has done everything I would want a President to legally do for this oil spill. Some may not agree, but will still admit that Obama took several spill response actions that Bush-Cheney NEVER would have:

(1) Ordered a freeze on all deepwater oil drilling until safety inspections were reviewed.

(2) Ordered BP to set aside the equivalent of one year's profits ($20 Billion) for clean up efforts.

(3) Dismantled the Minerals Managment Service to break up the conflict of interest.

Sorry, those are the facts, America...even if you watch Fox News or never believed the President was born in the U.S.

One can only cringe to think how a McCain/Palin white house would be responding to the BP disaster.

Posted by: free-donny | July 14, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama got 45% of the vote or less in 2008 in the Gulf region, minus Florida where he eked out 51%. In certain LA parishes, he got under 20%. Are we supposed to be shocked that the largely pro-oil, anti-Obama, anti-big government Gulf Coast disapproves of his handling of the issue? They weren't exactly approving of him before the spill, either. Add in the fact that it hasn't gone perfectly, that BP has basically destroyed a way of life for at least the next generation, and it makes perfect sense.

This should not affect how much help they get, they should not have to beg for help, or give up their small government beliefs or anything like that--but at the same time, it's no shocker that they disapprove.

Posted by: dkp01 | July 14, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Obama has done NOTHING except OBSTRUCT the efforts of Louisiana and the other Gulf States in PROTECTING their coastal marshes and beaches from the spill.

Obama has BANNED foreign-flagged skimmers.

Obama has LEFT IN WAREHOUSES miles of boom.

Obama has PREVENTED Louisiana from building barrier islands.

While the Gulf suffers Obama parties, golfs and vacations.

Impeach Obama.

Posted by: JCM-51 | July 14, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Obama has done NOTHING except OBSTRUCT the efforts of Louisiana and the other Gulf States in PROTECTING their coastal marshes and beaches from the spill.
Obama has BANNED foreign-flagged skimmers.
Obama has LEFT IN WAREHOUSES miles of boom.
Obama has PREVENTED Louisiana from building barrier islands.
While the Gulf suffers Obama parties, golfs and vacations.'

Ridiculous Conservative babble.


Impeach Obama.

Posted by: jimsillan | July 14, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

wapo posters' rules to live by: If you can't find anything bad enough to say about the President, just make it up!!

Posted by: smartgirl312 | July 14, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

We crackers love Obama! Ask anyone in the NBPP party or the NAACP! They will back me up on this.

Posted by: usmc1969 | July 14, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

KKK = racist
NBPP = Not racist

KKK = racist
Tea Party = Not racist

NAACP = racist
NAAWP = Not racist

Posted by: usmc1969 | July 14, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

The federal government prevented the states from cleaning the spill. Prevented them from putting up barriers to protect actuaries. Blocked foreign ships in international waters with cleanup equipment. Allowed private BP thugs to roam and intimidate citizens on public beaches. The feds had there own guys stand down and allow the oil to come ashore. They blocked reporters from showing the lack of cleanup. Then in the middle of this debockle, tried to use the disaster to pass a massive cap and tax on the population during a terrible recession. Talk about bad timing. (or is it?)

Posted by: Fivel | July 15, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone July 7-11, 2010, among a random national sample of 1,288 adults including users of both conventional and cellular phones and additional interviews with randomly-selected residents of Gulf Coast counties affected by the oil spill. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

Here's the point about the above statement. The poll was taken with a small sample (1,288) people from the Gulf Coast States (Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida). Remember, from the 2008 General Election - Obama carried Florida only. The remaining States (Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi) went to McCain because they are traditionally Republican territory. So, this poll says NOTHING about actual popularity or feelings towards the current administration. It's FABRICATED. In critical think courses...they would call this the "questionable statistic" fallacy (a fallacy of offering evidence in the form of statistics that are either unknowable, faulty, or misleading). You have to ask yourselves this question - Why would WaPo deliberately mislead the public with this type of journalism? I have an answer...PROPAGANDA.

Posted by: kitten2 | July 15, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Keep on making excuses for Obama, people, and by doing so, you can stand by and watch your children and grandchildren grow up in a controlled, socialistic society. Probably would make some of you happy, especially those of you who don't produce. How many disasters will it take for some of you to wake up? Obama is the United State's CEO, and the buck should stop with him, he even said so. WATCH WHAT HE DOES, NOT WHAT HE SAYS!

Posted by: barrysal | July 15, 2010 3:42 AM | Report abuse

What is the risk/benefit ratio of off shore drilling? Will enough oil be extracted from OFD to give us energy independance in the near future? If not should we be risking the type of disasters that we have experienced in the BP case. Finally, it is obvious that many of the posts here are from people who use any opportunity to attack Obama. Some are not even relevant to the topic at hand. Many of this people would blame Obama if it rained outside.

Posted by: browneri | July 15, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Of course the mighty Obama biggest benefactor of BP political donations dove right in and made it seem like he cared even though he has hardly visited the region and helped set aside a 20 billion slush fund for Democrat politicians. Rome burns while Nero fiddles.

Posted by: zcxnissan | July 15, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

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