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.


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soundoff (167 Responses)
  1. Gerry NH

    I am surprised that the polls are that high for his 37%. It should be 15%. If he would allow the other ships that are waiting to help by revoking the Jones act allot more could be done. What about the experts from UAE that want to come and help. We should let anyone that can help in to do the job.

    June 15, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  2. Naqib

    39% approve?

    WHY?

    June 15, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  3. Jim

    Duh, why else do you think he is doing a long-winded ENERGY talk form the Oval Office?

    June 15, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  4. lucy

    This press sponsored exercise in tomfoolery illustrates exactly why newspapers are folding left right and centre, and news ratings are down. In an attempt to seduce tha lunatic fringe that FOX news has captured, the media have tried to make this Obama's Katrina. It's not, it's his Exxon Valdez, and when that happened, George H Bush never went there, had nothing to do with the clean up, and nothing to do with protecting those who lost their livelihoods. he did nothing, and the media loeft him alone. Now they do polls on whether people are pleased with what Obama is doing. why not a poll on what people would like him to do? We all know full well that the government has no legal or technical role in oil clean up, and all this ranting about him showing more emotion is the sort of childish nonsense that got a prize village idiot like george W Bush elected. Obama doesn't need to nationalise, militarise, or rationalise this spill. he needs to level with people, and America needs to grow up and accept this as the inevitable result of decades of oil addiction. The western lust for oil has been poisoning other people's shores for decades, and chickens have finally come home to roost, but people on this blog would rather vent and attack Obama than change their ways.

    June 15, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  5. Keith CO.

    There is no positive to this crisis. People are worried about the environmental cost not even to mention the economic toll to the region.

    I don't know how to plug this hole and i doubt any one besides a trained specialist Knows. So by default we blame the Government. after all we have some meager control over it, {Voting} Besides how do you blame corporation like BP without dragging innocent gas station owners in to the protests?! So Obama will have to take his licks and if his that great man many of you believe him to be, he'll only accelerate.

    So relax Sane people don't want an American President To fail. .

    June 15, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  6. hjs3

    The Party of "No" has zero cohesive value in this country once again..

    It's been that way since Day 1 of this administration so why would anyone with any reasonable cognitive ability expect otherwise....

    June 15, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  7. George of the jungle

    if nearly half think he is doing a poor job that means more than half thinks he is doing a good job. Repos are the ones complaining but you don't see them coming up with ideas.

    June 15, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  8. MnMary

    What does everyone expect the President to DO? Have any of you nay-sayers ever had to deal with such a humongous disaster? Do any of you have a better solution or plan of action to be tried? If not, then SHUT UP!!! This President has had more crises, disasters, earth-shattering fiascoes and messes to deal with than any other president in U.S. history - and all this without the support of Congress or the U.S. citizens. It used to be everyone supported and prayed for the President of the United States, no matter if he was Democrat or Republican or whatnot. Instead of disrespecting him and the Office of POTUS, we all should get behind the man and WORK WITH HIM to make this country, and world, a better place for ALL OF US!

    Mr. President, I think you are doing a magnificent job, given the circumstances. May God bless you and keep you...

    June 15, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  9. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Not one single BP executive is in jail, no BP assets have been Nationalized to protect America from the CATASTROPHIC costs of repairing the damage done in the name of Capitalism.

    OF COURSE WE'RE ANGRY
    I want to see BP and anyone who has profited from their stock ownership to suffer at a comparable level with the people of the Gulf Coast and the rest of us.

    June 15, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  10. beevee

    I don't think anyone who rationally thinks can balme president Obama fro the oil spill disaster. I think he has shown a lot of comapssion and concern for those whose livelihoods have been nearly destroyed and is doing his best to resolve all the problems. Give him a break. Any other president could not have done any better than what he has been doing to get us out of the disaster. I am almost certain those who diapprove his handling of the situation were never his supporters to begin with.

    June 15, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  11. . Ms Johnson

    Who are you surveying? It amazes me how the news media is making stores up with surveys that are one sided. The media has divided this nation in away that has weakened us as a nation. The media has never had a liberal bias as has been lied about for years. I have never seen anything as mean spirted as things today. The hidden hate has come to the surface and it is affecting everything.

    June 15, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  12. D. Bunker

    And for yet another day the desperate GOPbaggers are here spouting their lies and proving their ignorance. Here's the truth, though at least half ya'll won't recognize it.

    Obama is not trying to nationalize the oil companies.
    The US HAS accepted aid from foreign countries.
    The Jones Act has NOT been used to block aid.
    Early decisions were made based on BP's LIES about the spill, since no other information sources were available until later.

    Personally, I kind of wish the government had commandeered a bunch of oil company equipment to get things moving faster, the we all know that the political reality is that the rightwing extremists would have started yelling "fascistdictatorcommunistgovernmenttakover" about two seconds later.

    June 15, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  13. Diane

    God help us!

    June 15, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  14. disapprove of the way President Barack Obama

    really, and approval would take?

    there is no good answer

    look to the Exxon spill, nothing good will come of this, best you can hope for is to lessen the damage, but it will be damaged going forward and no one will be happy

    Best I can hope for is that BP screams in pain from the financial damage this causes to the company and that BP never makes a mistake like this again

    that would be a victory

    June 15, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  15. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    What would "PRESIDENT" Mc Cain do in this instance?

    June 15, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  16. Jorge (George) Lopez 5th Generation American

    This is not AT ALL Pres. Obama's fault or that he is slow to anwser. Where is BP? BP, show us the money! Can you rich guys help out our nation and pristine shore lines? Would you rush if this was to happen in Britain? Why wasn't and automatic shut off valve put in, when the rig was built in the first place? It would've cut oil flow as soon as it heard the first underwater bang. Other oil rich countries have invested in that type of device and technology. Why would blaming Pres. Obama help? What sense does that make...really?! For some reason, I think there's more to it than just blaming the President. I mean there must be an underlying reason to "throw everything" on the President's shoulders. The oil business is a business full of bureaucrats and tightly knit business men, that feel entitled to our nations oil reserves both new and old.
    The Red-Coats really came this time...from the bowels of the earth!

    June 15, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  17. Willy Brown

    Anybody else tired of the progressives ruining America. This dude has no leadership experience.

    June 15, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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