June 15th, 2010
04:54 PM ET
4 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.


Filed under: Energy • Oil spill • Poll • President Obama
soundoff (167 Responses)
  1. Dennis

    I'm surprised he hasn/t already tried to nationalize the oil industry. I'm sure there's still time in the 2 1/2 years he has left.

    June 15, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  2. MNB

    Obama is systematically ruining this country.
    Taxes
    Bailouts
    Wall Street takeover
    Terrorism
    Climate Bill
    and most importantly the Healthcare bill.

    You all really need to learn about Obama's roots – his mentors, his idols, where he sharpened his poitical teeth.

    All of you Obama luving people – do you know him at all?

    Bush was a moron – I admit it. But I never worried about the future of our country while he was in office.

    The future is bleak folks.

    June 15, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  3. Soldierusa

    For crying out loud what do they expect our President to do? He is doing the best he can. I didn't see this much opposition when that idiot George Bush took 4 days to respond to Katrina.

    June 15, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  4. Independent

    What do these people want? Come up with ideas before you criticize. No one has a magic wand. Look in the mirror it's our fault, we need our OIL.!!!!!!!

    June 15, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  5. Jonesey

    This BP mess is a direct result of a lack of regulation... a prime example of the Tea Party's misguided plea for minimal government meddling. It's totally OFF the mark. You've demanded the supply at all cost, people, so get off all of your high horses. You are ALL to blame, so enjoy reaping what you've sowed.

    June 15, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  6. Len Smith

    What more do these people want the President of the US do about this spill, that he didn't create and he is doing everything possible to help everyone involved? Short of suffing Sarah Palin in the hole, it is up to BP to stop the oil from flowing. The US is not in the oil business in this administration, and if you think about it, I doubt that Cheney could have done any more in his administration.

    JUST WHAT AND WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE???????

    June 15, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  7. ddt

    This campaign is CNN'S effort to see Baraka Obama fail. I don't see any difference from the real Republican and cnn, they both have the same mother. Good job and Good luck on your campaing CNN

    June 15, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  8. NoComparison

    I don't understand the comparison between Katrina and this disaster with BP. It's like apples and oranges. BP caused this and THEY should clean it up. There was no one except W and BROWNIE to step in and help with Katrina since it was a NATURAL disaster.

    June 15, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  9. Debbie

    Two things worth mentioning: People who compare this to Katrina have no argument – Katrina was a natural disaster, but the Gulf Oil spill is owned by a Corporation. And to those who think it's not fair to blame previous administrations for what has happened, you also have no room – lack of oversight and regulations are to blame, thanks to Republicans. Our current administration has been handed more crap than any other in history – I'm just thankful we have elected someone who has the ability to lead us out of this mess.

    June 15, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. sara

    Sorry Clowns, Americans are BEHIND this President because WE know Who, What and Why this country's a MESS! We got your back, Mr. President, and by the way I nor anyone I KNOW was POLLED.

    June 15, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  11. Joe Gaines

    Okay all you loving Americans who have all the answers I have heard a thousand complaints of what Obama have not done can anyone of you please tell me one thing you would do and please don't say call in the military because John Wayne is long dead so he can't come in and save you on his white horse.

    June 15, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  12. Sherry

    To give an idea as to those being polled, it should also be asked of their personal approval ratings of their own neighbors in comparison! It would give a much clearer picture of the overall mentality of those being polled.. and I'd bet the approval ratings would be the same if not a whole lot less! A negative drone is a negative drone regardless of the question being asked!

    June 15, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. Get A Grip

    No surprise here for the Failure-in-Chief.

    June 15, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. president barack superman obama

    I was unaware that, now, the president's job is not only to make miracles happen for the economy in record time, but also to plug and cleanup the largest oil spill in US history. A couple years ago the president's sole job was to piss off the world and destroy our economy. Just to be clear, all you naysayers, it's a whole lot easier to be successful at destroying something than it is to succeed at fixing things.

    June 15, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  15. jean

    Obama is to blame for everthing that has happened and will happen according to his critics. CNN is enjoying bashing the president image. Many of the correspondents on CNN do not share the same sentiments that Obama haters do. CNN has realized how to get people attention. CNN is enjoying the stimulus through stories about Obama. Why don't they report the truth like Rachael and Keith? CNN would rather play to an audience of haters.

    June 15, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  16. Jordan N.

    So what exactly is he expected to do regarding the spill? All the ideas I've heard are absurd, and these are from the people who are supposed to be the experts.

    June 15, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  17. which is it?

    Matthew from Detroit. Please reread your posts. You'll notice you contradict yourself in both. Should BP do the cleanup and plug the leak or should Obama get his A-Team together and dive down 2 miles to plug it with his own two hands? Maybe we should just let BP off the hook just like Exxon 20 years ago.

    June 15, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. Nate from Atlanta

    I think Obama is doing as good of a job as anyone could. Obama is the president and our leader, NOT an engineer. So we need to get the best engineers in the world to stop the oil leak.

    June 15, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  19. Mariann Pepitone

    I did not vote for Obama and he would lose if the election were held today against Hillary Clinton. However, BP was not aware of the fact that there would be an oil spill and Obama is being pushed too much by the people and governors of their state. BP is doing the best job they can in cleaning up the oil and Obama cannot keep pushing them. I believe in letting BP do their job and the public should stop complaining. The American public is always complaining about something other than the oil spill. Voters that voted Obama in office should stay quiet. You got who you voted for. Obama did not have the experience in politics that Hillary had and has trouble handling situations. Next time think before you vote.

    June 15, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. Doug

    Book smarts only get you so far. Without his teleprompter, Obama is an embaressment.....

    June 15, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  21. sharon

    Just another American – place the blame where it belongs – in the secret meeting between Cheney and the energy co0mpany owners and the secret deals hatched and the cronies put into the MMS former Halliburton employees – If nothing was undercover and sneaky, why will they not release the transcript of these meetings they have nothing to do with National security. When 911 occured, Congress adn the American people joined to gether in outrage to combat this. Don't see that happening this time – the same old back stabbing, insulting, name calling by the party of no. They just cannot bring themsleves to work for the people they are only working for themselves. I am so ashamed to admit thet I WAS a Republican but no way now. I am so ashamed of them and their behavior. They are despicable from Boener all the way down. Web njeede to work together why is it President Obama's total job to solve this?? He can direct, he can discuss with experts, but he is NOT an oil man, did not approve this well, and did not doctor emergency plans and he is not a liar. Get off his back and help instead of constantly complaining even when he stops for a few hours to play golf. HOw petty!!!

    June 15, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  22. Jim El Paso Tx

    Like it or not the fact is that from day 1 Obama had his head buried in the deep dark crevice of his BUTT playing like this was not going to be a major issue. Granted he can't stop the leak but he damn well could have MADE AN EFFORT to deploy some of our resources to STOP it from coming ashore. He's as much to blame for the devastation as anybody.

    June 15, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  23. Rainder Goyal

    With the worst environmental disaster that world has experienced, it is not uncommon to see people take out their anger and frustration on their President. It should bve kept in mind that everyone involved in dealing with this calamity is dealing with a situation that changes on a daily basis. No body was prepared to handle something like this. The President is doing everything his administration can. He also has to be mindful of the legal implications that might jeopardize any financial settlement and any legal challenge that BP might mount.

    This is an election year and Republicans are and will continue to make political hay out of this tragedy. Hunger for power transcends any need based on human and compassionate grounds. There comes a time in any nation's history when political differences have to be set aside for the good of the nation.

    June 15, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  24. rosey petals

    The president is great and we stand with him in fighting big oil crminals, who are greedy and caused the death of eleven heroic Americans, not to mention the future for the Gulf coast. Why? Wars, H1N1, economy, global warming, and now this? Thanks, Mr. President for doing everything to solve the big mess piling up for the past 20 years. Your job don't pay the salaries those fat cats rake in. Put the blame where it belongs and stop hiding behind the president, you cowards.

    June 15, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  25. Discernment

    DEMOCRATIC LIBERAL PAYBACK

    The reason President Obama's disapproval ratings on BP oil-spill is up to 48%, is because most of the negatives are coming from his own Democratic base.

    The Liberals are exacting revenge on Obama because he supported limited offshore drilling. And now far-left Liberals like Rachel Maddow are sticking it to President Obama as payback for his stand on limited offshore drilling.

    June 15, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
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