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US: National Survey (Pew 5/6-9)

Topics: National , poll

Pew Research Center
5/6-9/10; 994 adults, 4% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Pew release)

National

Obama Job Approval
47% Approve, 42% Disapprove (chart)
Economy: 41 / 51 (chart)
Terrorist threats: 49 / 37
The oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico: 38 / 36

As I read some possible government policies to address America's energy supply, tell me whether you would favor or oppose each...

Promoting the increased use of nuclear power:
45% Favor, 44% Oppose

Spending more on subway, rail and bus systems:
65% Favor, 28% Oppose

Increasing federal funding for research on wind, solar and hydrogen technology:
73% Favor, 22% Oppose

Allowing more offshore oil and gas drilling in U.S. waters:
54% Favor, 38% Oppose

How would you rate the job ______ has been doing responding to the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico?
The federal government: 33% Excellent/Good, 54% Only fair/poor
B.P.: 24% Excellent/Good, 63% Fair/Poor

In your opinion, did President Obama do all he could to get the government's response to the oil leak going quickly or do you think he could have done more?
36% Did all he could, 47% Could have done more

From what you've seen and heard, do you think that the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is...
55% A major environmental disaster
37% A serious environmental problem, but not a disaster
4% Is it not too serious an environmental problem

Party ID
33% Democrat, 24% Republican, 35% independent (chart)

 

Comments
Aaron_in_TX:

That oil leak is a huge mess, and it seems neither BP nor the gov't knows what to do about it. Biggest downside I can see for Obama is that he loses support from environmental activists (about 5-6% of the electorate, mostly within the democratic coalition).

I don't see what more he could have done; everyone involved with that oil spill seems to be flailing and clueless about it. Obviously the best experts are going to be within the oil companies themselves.

I do like this though:

"Spending more on subway, rail and bus systems:
65% Favor, 28% Oppose

Increasing federal funding for research on wind, solar and hydrogen technology:
73% Favor, 22% Oppose"

The public is always in favor of spending money...until they find out it costs money. Then they worry about the deficit. This is why I hope most politicians don't pay much attention to polls when making decisions...a lot of the time the people don't make sense.

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bigfoot9p6:

Aaron has already covered interesting result #1 above. The other is the public reacting more positively to the job that the government is doing in addressing a crisis than to private industry. hmm....

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Stillow:

aaron - Perhaps you should ask them if they would favor spending on those things if it means higher taxes....or do they want mroe spending on those things by redirecting money from existing taxes thus taking them away from less popular programs.

This poll shows people still favor the all of the above approach, they want more of everything, including offshore drilling.

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Stillow:

bigfoot9p6 - That is the g'ments job to respond to national emergencies. Its not the job of your local Home Depot. However, more often than not, the private sector provides invaluable assistance and needed resources to the g'ment druing emergencies.

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StatyPolly:

How would you rate the job ______ has been doing responding to the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico?

Yeah, they rate BP as doing a shi!!y job, because BP HAS been doing a spectacularly shi!!y job of dealing with the leak.

DUH.

I say that's because BP hails from the quasi-socialist Euroland.

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Field Marshal:

Aaron,

I would agree with your assessment. What more could the federal gov't be doing other than working with BP on this to come up with a solution? I think the same goes for Katrina and Bush. What could have Bush done more than to send in the army corps of engineers, red cross, and national guard?

People depend too much on government and think they can solve all problems.

As for the other responses, i also favor spending more on those items, as long as the money comes from other projects less useful and not from raising taxes.

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obamalover:

@Stillow

Actually it is the responsibility of BP engineers to fix the problem. Everyone agrees on that. What exactly do yo think the federal government should have done that they didn't?

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GARY WAGNER:

Actually, it is the resposibility of the federal government to purchase and have ready 10 fire domes ready to deploy at a moment's notice to protect the coastline from an oil rig spill.

This was made a law in 1994. 16 years later, the federal government doesn't own a single fire dome. Why? Because big government is the problem - not the answer.

Maybe now that Obama has his own Katrina, people will realize that depending on the federal government for everything is a disaster waiting to happen. Had the government done what the government was supposed to do - there wouldn't be oil still leaking into the gulf. But the government rarely does what it is supposed to do.

But in the meantime, Obama just this past Friday signed another waiver to allow BP to drill at more deep water sites. Why would he do that? Does this president even have a clue what it is he signs?

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Stillow:

OL - I am not saying they could be doing anythign better or worse. I was just responding to a comment where ti sounded like he was prasising g'ment while trashing private. Emergencies should be dealt with by g'ment. However it is g'ment's job to properly work with the private sector in these matters.

They are disasters so there is no good answer or perfect solution. I don't blame Obama at all for what the feds are doing....I do not blame Bush to the extent the left does for Katrina either. There are just some disasters which are that, they are horrible and there's no quick fixes.

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Xenobion:

"This was made a law in 1994. 16 years later, the federal government doesn't own a single fire dome. Why? Because big government is the problem - not the answer."

This mantra gets old. Why did my child get a B- average on her test. Big government is the problem.

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Field Marshal:

"This mantra gets old. Why did my child get a B- average on her test. Big government is the problem."

So does the mantra where government is the answer, Bush lied and is a war criminal, taxes are too low, and the free markets don't work.

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bigfoot9p6:

FM. Doesn't sound like much of mantra, it wont fit on a bumper sticker. Therefore, the weak minded have trouble digesting it as gospel delivered directly by Gods own news network, Fox.

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Stillow:

God watches Fox?

Hmmm, so does that mean satan watches MSNBC?

...and I guess that leaves no one watching CNN.

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Field Marshal:

LOL.

bigfoot,

Got to cafepress and see all the great bumper sticks about Obama. I like the one that says "A village in Kenya is missing its idiot."

The best one i have seen around though is "Remember in November." Concise and to the point.

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obamalover:

@Gary Wagner

Guess who made that 1994 law? A democratic President and democratic Congress. Guess who defunded FEMA? Republicans in the 2000's. If you keep on cutting spending from emergency organizations don't cry when they can't respond properly.

Secondly if the government doesn't do things who will? You complain government is the problem when they are not intervening enough, then your solution is they should be intervening less... What? Your logic makes no sense.

And comparing this situation to Katrina is idiotic. People were starving, drowning, getting raped, and murdered during Katrina. A major American city was wiped out, and four days after the fact Bush didn't know what was going on. Dan Bartlett, White House counsel, had to put together a video tape of newscasts to get Bush caught up. And the same day he told Brownie he was doing a heck of a job. Saying this situation is similar to Katrina is ludicrous.

The people who need to be blamed for this is the Drill baby Drill loons. They are the root of the problem, and when their little oil rigs malfunctioned they poo poo all over the people who are trying to clean up their mess. Ridiculous.

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bigfoot9p6:

FM. I have actually been to that website. I decided that the only thing keeping right wing bumper stickers from being a multi-billion dollar industry is the fact that junior high school students cant drive. The GOP should get its army of lobbyists on that. Times awastin'!

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Field Marshal:

"FM. I have actually been to that website. I decided that the only thing keeping right wing bumper stickers from being a multi-billion dollar industry is the fact that junior high school students cant drive. The GOP should get its army of lobbyists on that. Times awastin'!"

What does this even mean? I'm at a loss. The liberal mind is a terribly warped one!

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Field Marshal:

"FM. I have actually been to that website. I decided that the only thing keeping right wing bumper stickers from being a multi-billion dollar industry is the fact that junior high school students cant drive. The GOP should get its army of lobbyists on that. Times awastin'!"

What does this even mean? I'm at a loss. The liberal mind is a terribly warped one!

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Chris V.:

bigfoot9p6:

FM. I have actually been to that website. I decided that the only thing keeping right wing bumper stickers from being a multi-billion dollar industry is the fact that junior high school students cant drive. The GOP should get its army of lobbyists on that. Times awastin'!

Posted on May 11, 2010 6:19 PM

Yes, the GOP is the only party that relies on lobbyists...and all Republicans are junior high students. Riveting political analysis.

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Chris V.:

Why exactly are so many people opposed to nuclear power? Do they think it's "unsafe" or something?

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