Poll signals trouble for government oil spill response
Happy Thursday! Here's an interesting nugget in the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll regarding the BP oil spill: 45 percent of respondents think the government hasn't done enough in response to the spill, while 43 percent say it has done enough. The numbers are a bit worse for British Petroleum: 50 percent say the company has not done enough, while 37 percent think it has.
As that video above demonstrates, the spill remains one of those tricky situations where government has to rely on BP to cap the leak and can't step in to do the job itself. The longer that gash spews uncontrollably, the longer doubts about the government response will linger.
But the White House keeps reminding anyone who will listen that it's not only responding on the scene, but also working on policy solutions back in Washington. President Obama submitted legislation on Wednesday that would allow the government to accelerate assistance to impacted people and update the oil spill liability system.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Energy Secretary Steven Chu also visited Houston on Wednesday to meet with Energy Department staffers and other experts working on trying to cap the spill. Salazar and Chu also met again with BP company officials. NOAA has dispatched more resources to the Gulf and Salazar sent more National Park Service officials to Florida to deal with efforts to protect coastal communities and natural resources.
But deploying government officials and proposing legislation can only do so much to help. Keep tabs on forthcoming polls to see if the perceived response to the spill improves or worsens.
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| May 13, 2010; 6:45 AM ET
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