June 15th, 2010
04:54 PM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Disapproval of Obama handling of oil spill jumps

President Obama, Gov. Charlie Crist, and Adm. Thad Allen at a briefing with local officials in Pensacola, Florida Tuesday. A new poll indicates nearly half of the public disapproves of how Obama's handling the oil spill.
President Obama, Gov. Charlie Crist, and Adm. Thad Allen at a briefing with local officials in Pensacola, Florida Tuesday. A new poll indicates nearly half of the public disapproves of how Obama's handling the oil spill.

Washington (CNN) – Nearly half of all Americans disapprove of the way President Barack Obama is handling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a new national poll released hours before the president gives a prime-time address from the Oval Office on the crisis.

An AP-GfK survey released Tuesday indicates that 48-percent of the public disapproves of how Obama's handling the oil spill, up 15 percentage points from a month ago. Thirty-nine percent approve of how the president's dealing with the crisis, down three points from May. According to the survey, 13- percent say they neither approve nor disapprove.

Other recent polls also indicate that a minority of Americans approve of the way Obama and his administration are handling the massive spill.

The president's overall job approval stands at 50-percent in the new AP-GfK survey, up one point from a month ago.

"Other recent polls have also shown that the oil spill has not affected the overall opinion of Obama's performance in office," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Many Americans may think his track record on the economy, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and other issues are more important than the situation in the Gulf. It's also possible that the oil spill has affected views of Obama personally but not his performance as president."

The president's prime-time address will come as he returns from a two-day tour of the region, Obama's fourth trip to the Gulf Coast since the environmental disaster began on April 20.

The AP-GfK poll was conducted June 9-14, with 1,002 adults questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.


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soundoff (167 Responses)
  1. Moab

    Obama was not ready for job and so naturally his ratings are eroding. Great oratory skills and a gigantic ego are not the major qualities needed to lead. If he could perform to even Bush's level we would be okay but he is not even prepared to take that summit.

    June 15, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. Avenger D12

    i sse that many people hee who demanedthe demcrots do everything in their power even disclose classified information show support for the bumbling idoit who shows no leaderswhip on anything. His one accomplishment will bankrupt this country and these people arecheering as we go over the clff. His reaction to the spill is to say he was on top of it from the start but that thereponse is somoneelse's fault how duplitous is that but you keep opn supporting him come November we will see how this country wil judge him and the direction he is takling this country.

    June 15, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. ConsiderThis - FL

    How can a schizophrenic people be satisfied? One day you don't want any government. The next day government is the answer to your worst nightmare. Maybe if you make up your mind, what it is you want, you'll have a President who meets your approval.

    June 15, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. Sweetp

    At the end of the day, he is still the BEST PRESIDENT! McCain would have declared War on BP.....lives would be lost!

    June 15, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. Crake

    Funny how so many people are against government involvement in anything...until something happens and suddenly they expect government to do everything. You can't have your cake and eat it too. A private corporation got us into this mess. What do we expect our government to do? I'm not suggesting that mistakes haven't been made, but do we really expect Obama to wave a magic wand and fix it?

    If you're for unregulated industry (you know, the belief that the "market with police itself"...ha, yeah right...), this is what you get. And when the proverbial you-know-what hits the fan, don't expect the big bad government that you hate so much to suddenly jump in and fix it.

    This is BP's fault, plain and simple, and I expect them to cover every cost associated with fixing it. Nationalize the oil industry, then complain when the government screws up. Until then, this is the fault of a private corporation and blame should be placed squarely on BP's shoulders.

    June 15, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Randy

    Remember libs you stand for big government that can do all things and take care of everyone. I don't want to hear anymore of the what's he supposed to do. If you don't know what he is supposed to do now, why should he have done what he did to health care and wall street and the auto industry. If he can fix all them he should be able to fix an oil leak.

    June 15, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. James

    Both sides of the congressional table are a joke. Obama doesn't appear to have any leadership skills or much spine I don't think. There is too much pandering to Hamas and other radical types. Turning our political back on Israel is just sad. Trying to score political points with the oil spill, Bush blaming to try and get his cap and trade nonsense through is not the right thing to do. I think congress should be voted out. I also think this guy and his minions are going to spend this country into a hole we may never get out of. Socialism doesn't work. Why are we so bent on giving it a try? Isn't anybody looking at Europe? Hands off! The country will right it's self if allowed to be something more than a political football.

    June 15, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. Alley-fl

    What a sad article and to think that the president of the usa did this all by himself, oh yes, he's the blame! What a bunch of nasty people we have in this great country, maybe we should gather them up and send them to the wars, and all the destruction they left this president to clean after....

    June 15, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. 50 STATES

    I am sure the GOP is praying that the spill last forever!

    June 15, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. Lena

    This is a catastrophe and is hurting mankind and wildlife in a terrible way.
    11 people lost their life.
    Yet , here we go again , some of these nutty Dems have to trash Bush and Palin.
    Get a life.

    June 15, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  11. lulu

    i repeat what many have already posted: Can a single one of you critics come up with a CONSTRUCTIVE comment, solution, alternative, anything? Or a specific criticism relevant to this issue?
    Or are you simply consumed by knee-jerk hate responses?

    June 15, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. valwayne

    39% of Americans approve of this incompetent leaderless mess coming from Obama and his administration? Who was polled, oil eating bacteria?

    June 15, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  13. Paul H

    It's his political manoeuvrings that have people upset. This whole issue has ramped up his cap and trade agenda, as well as more government tax, and spending spree.
    Untie the hands that are tied by bureaucracy Mr President. Let the people that know what works give it a go, and support them, and you will be leading the way towards an end.

    June 15, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  14. joec

    Lets see, if the looney tunes left would allow more drilling on the continental U.S. or at the very least in shallower water obozo would probably be able to cap the well. But, this will be his reason to pass crap and trade. Tax, tax, tax, tax................

    June 15, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. Stephen in Bedford, TX

    Unfortunately, BP now stands for "Barack's Problem".

    June 15, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  16. Michael

    President Obama is doing a wonderful job and is a president for ALL of the American people.

    We know that that is a problem for some and we know the reason why. The Republicans with their facination with Wall Street, corporations, targeted tax cuts for the rich and economic growth for some, but not all, is all designed to maintain the staus quo and we all know what Color they are.

    Sure the BP is an unforseen crisis. It would have been unforeseen crisis for Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, Bush II and any other president because it amazes me, in this great capitalist society of ours, that no one has come up with the technology to plug this thing.

    June 15, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  17. Kay

    How stupid! What's President Obama "supposed" to be doing that he isn't/hasn't been?!! Push BP to just quit altogether and leave the mess??? I don't see any reports that America's oil consumption has decreased any since this spill... it is just as much mine, YOURS & OUR problem for such oil consumption in the first place! If you insist that we fault, disapprove & blame someone for this right now... START WITH YOURSELVES!!

    June 15, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  18. Rick

    The people that disapprove of Obama are the same people that didn't vote for him., so who cares.

    June 15, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  19. DC Johnny

    That's right, Liberals. Proclaim that he's doing the best job he can, when just a few short years ago you were bashing Bush for not being able to miraculously reverse the damage from a deadly hurricane.

    The truth is that Bush didn't react as fast or as efficiently as he should have, and that Obama hasn't been doing so either.

    Unfortunately 90% of our country automatically hates one and loves the other, so it's up to the rest of us to honestly assess what's going on and sway elections. Say what you will about Bush, but Obama isn't any better. His inexperience and arrogance shows, every single day of his tenure in office.

    June 15, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Look at me, the only thing more blind than my hatred for all things GOP is my love for all things Obama. Baaaaaaa.

    June 15, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  21. anagram_kid

    He is doing an outstanding job, but It does not matter. Some will always find a reason to criticize him. President Obama is smart, ambitious and a true thinker. For this he will always be resented by those who simply cannot compete. I wish people could understand that we elect officials to make decisions on our behalf, not to make us feel good about ourselves.

    June 15, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  22. The Voice of Reason

    If this hate continues, the Good Lord himself may do more than send oil gushing! (Oh, I forgot, that was BP just pursuing the "drill baby drill" mantra–this is NOT an act of theirs to ruin our country.)
    Please, people–if we don't learn to work together, we will all go up in flames. President Obama is doing the best that any president ever could. This is such a complicated technological issue, and I am sure that everyone involved is trying their best to stop it? After all, is ANYONE benefitting from this disaster?? Of course not. We would do better if we stopped the name blaming (all of us) and worked on something that would help the people of the Gulf Coast–something constructive that would HELP OUR COUNTRY, and not bring it down even more. Service organizations should continue to organize to bring aid to the stricken in that area.
    It is best to remember the "Golden Rule" - do undo others as you would have them do unto you. Name calling and threats do NOT come under that rule!!

    June 15, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  23. Georgia, Joe

    I have read many of the comments above and I really fear for our Country. We are in the midst of an unprecedented environmental disaster and rather than rally together as a nation to solve the problem, we have an entire group of people who want to use it as an excuse to undermine the President and the efforts being made to address the situation. BP, the affected state governments and the federal government are doing everything they can to gather and organize the resources to attack the problem. Everyone is doing this for the first time because a disaster of this scale and type has never happened before. All of you who actually believe what you read on the blogs about the solutions and resources being turned down by either BP or the government are taking in false information. BP would have grasped at any solution or assistance they thought would work because it would save them billions of dollars. The governments, state and federal, would have done the same. No one wants this crisis to be prolonged.

    June 15, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  24. Bill

    It seems to me after reading the responses of those in favor of Barry's handling of the BP situation, they must be working for ACORN. If we can save Barry's job maybe we can save ours. That can be the only answer. This guy has no more qualifications to run this country than Ronald McDonald has performing brain surgery. The guy is a lame duck president. I just wish we had trial periods for new presidents, if the man/woman does a lousy job in the first year, get rid of him/her and give it to the runner up.

    June 15, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  25. Robert

    It's ironic that all the critics of President Obama are now in favor of BIG government jumping in and taking care of what the private sector BP couldn't handle.

    Phony conservatism reveals itself once again.

    June 15, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
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