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Federal Response to Gulf Oil Spill Is Worse Than for Katrina, Poll Says

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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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