WASHINGTON — A shocking 69 percent of Americans gave a thumbs-down to the government’s response to the Gulf oil spill — an even higher number than those who disapproved of how Hurricane Katrina was handled in 2005, according to a poll released yesterday.
The public confidence in President Obama’s management of the crisis is worse than the 62 percent who faulted President Bush two weeks after the New Orleans catastrophe.
Seventy-four percent of independents took a dim view of the White House’s response to the oil spill, while 81 percent of Republicans and 56 percent of Democrats viewed it unfavorably, according to the ABC/Washington Post poll.
BUMMER VACATION: Sun-worshipper Sonja Daniel wears a gas mask to combat the rotten stench of tar balls that have washed up on the beach at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Baldwin County, Ala., in the wake of the Gulf oil-spill disaster.
Seventy-three percent said the spill was a major “disaster,” an assessment reinforced by fresh images of oil-soaked pelicans and herons, while 81 percent have a low opinion of BP’s response to the spill six weeks after it began, the poll found.