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Sixty-nine percent of Americans say the federal government's response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is not so good or poor, a higher percent than the 62 percent who gave Washington negative remarks in 2005 for its handling of the Katrina aftermath, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll conducted June 3-6.

BP, which operating the rig the drilled the blown-out well, gets even worse marks, with 81 percent panning its response.

Nearly two-thirds want to see the federal government pursue criminal charges against BP and other companies involved in the drilling of the well. Seventy-three percent of those surveyed believe the blame for the spill should be placed on BP and its drilling partners for taking unnecessary risks.

The Obama administration said last week that it had begun civil and criminal investigations into the spill.

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mt61851

Most of those affected by the oil spill are Whites, not Blacks so yes the response was slower. If this spill would have affected the Blacks of Louisiana, Obama would have been on it in 50 minutes not 50 days. And you can bet they would have found a way to cap that leak and started reimbursing Blacks in a few days. I am amazed no one has come up with that thought yet. Oh of course Whites are not considered a race so there could not be any racial discrimination. Only if it pertains to Blacks can anyone cry DISCRIMINATION!!!

June 17 2010 at 2:36 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
tg4691

BP caused the problem,and needs to be held accountable, but it has the best technology to stop the spill On the other hand the President and his administration should have coordinated the overall cleanup. It is ridiculous that all Obama has done is run around bashing BP and the oil continues to reach shore!! Why didn't the governmnet get tankers in the gulf and siphon oil from day 1!! or coordinate all the other ideas into a managable plan . It was easier to critize the oil cpmpanies and do nothing!! Obama and company made the Bush reaction to Katrina look great. Funny we had 20000 troops in Haiti in 2 days bu who were ordered to the gulf??

June 15 2010 at 5:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
bookstuboo

I am terribly confused. What does anyone expect Obama to do? He does not have the expertise to stop the oil and it seems that no one else does either. People are complsining but what should he have done or still should do? The Coast Guard was there the same day as the spill and Obama has asked anyone from anywhere who can help please come forward. Now instead of complaining how about letting us know what you think he could have done personally. Please have some facts behind what you say and not the same old Obama bsahing rhetoric.

June 08 2010 at 1:06 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
crownsplitta

thats absurd, to say that Obama's response to this was worse that bush's to Katrina is not only ridicoulous but reflects the incredible disconnect from reality by many Americans...if its even true and not right wing spin and misinformation.

June 08 2010 at 12:29 PM Report abuse -9 rate up rate down Reply
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Randy

crownsplita what i find amusing in your statement is that every where except no when the hurricane center say evacuate you need to evacuate, especially no. I live in fl when the call comes to go you go you dont wait for the president to pick you up in a limo. People need to assume some responsibility for their safety. where as this oil spill has nothing to do with the state its located in federal waters.

June 10 2010 at 1:48 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
ettu

Rightly so! GWB had no jurisdiction in Louisiana, and had to wait until the Gov/Nagin called them in for assistance. Quite the opposite with the oil spill. Obama has total jurisdiction in this instance, and he and his administration fiddled and diddled, while Rome burned. They continue to do so today. Perhaps this is one of those "crises of opportunity" that Rahm embraces.

June 08 2010 at 12:09 PM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply
eyeforeye42

Isn't this what I have been hearing that people want to reduce government and get government out of their lives. So you got it. Thank the GOP for making this happen. I am certainly glad Barak is listening to what the people want. (Oh except in emergencies? Oh except when big companies go a foul. Oh except, except.... You want small government, lower taxes, this is what you get. Be happy, smile. Vote Republican, they're for small government! The GOP is on your side small business, got that Louisiana fishermen! Got that gulf coast hotels! They're here to get government off your back. Thank them!

June 07 2010 at 10:11 PM Report abuse -19 rate up rate down Reply
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ettu

You are simple-minded beyond words. There is nothing you can say, or spin, that will excuse the mess Obama is making in this country. You had better smarten up before you are enlisted by Organizing for America, something similar to FDRs' CCC.

June 08 2010 at 12:11 PM Report abuse +13 rate up rate down Reply
vobox3343

Truth is, we all become grouches when everything isn't going the way we want it to go. And, then there are the times when we'd, knowing full well the partisan nature of our being, and the only reason for staking such ridiculous claims as the above mentioned, is a refusal to admitting that we can be wrong (and most of the time are). Bad times change our opinion of everything. Just be glad we haven't been on the lower end of things as long as some have been for an entire lifetime. We so forget what's really important. Be thankful that things are as good as they are.

June 07 2010 at 8:15 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
siticojotijodo

Bp screwed up, but at least they are the ones doing what they can to plug the well and clean the mess. The Obama administration also screwed up with failure to supervise, inspect and monitor, and enforce rules. Yet, they have done very little and very late.

June 07 2010 at 8:07 PM Report abuse +15 rate up rate down Reply
lvizbded

This is not a Katrina , it's Chernobyl .

June 07 2010 at 6:44 PM Report abuse +23 rate up rate down Reply
butch

If Bush were still in office, he'd order deeper oil wells!

June 07 2010 at 6:23 PM Report abuse -20 rate up rate down Reply

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