June 16th, 2010
01:17 PM ET
4 years ago

Poll: Gender Gap on oil spill recovery

A new poll indicates that many Americans believe some beaches and wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico will never recover from the disastrous oil spill.
A new poll indicates that many Americans believe some beaches and wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico will never recover from the disastrous oil spill.

Washington (CNN) – Many Americans believe that some beaches and wildlife affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will never recover, according to a new national poll. Also, more than four in five think the oil spill will hurt the country's economy, with 79 percent adding that American consumers will see a jump in gas and food prices.

A USA Today/Gallup survey released Wednesday also suggests a gender gap on the issue, with women respondents much more pessimistic than men. Six out of ten women say some beaches will never recover, compared to 37 percent of men. And 65 percent of females say some species may never return to pre-spill levels, compared to 52 percent of male respondents.

The poll indicates that overall, 59 percent of the public thinks that normal levels for some species hurt by the environmental catastrophe may never recover, with another one in five saying that it could take ten or more years for such species to recover. Forty-nine percent of people questioned say that some of the affected beaches will not recover, with another one in four adding that it will take a decade or longer for such beaches to return to normal.

According to the survey, only a small minority thinks it will take four years or less for some beaches and species to return to normal.

The USA Today/Gallup poll was conducted June 11-13, with 1,014 adults questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.


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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. yolanda

    What is the relevance of the gender of respondents? What about gay, lesbian, and trans-gender opinions? Or for that matter, what does the left handed community think about the beaches? Please........

    June 16, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. yolanda

    I fail to see the relevance of the gender of the respondents. Does their sexual preference matter as well?

    June 16, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Full recovery would take decades, IF the flow was stopped NOW! The longer the flow continues, the more damage that will be done, and the longer it would take to recover.......under IDEAL CONDITIONS!

    However, we don't HAVE ideal conditions. Quite the contrary. The world's oceans are already in precarious condition, around the globe, from over-fishing, pollution (plastics are a major problem), and other detriments, of our current condition, prior to the spill.

    When you add all of that impact together, you will quickly see that some species may not survive at all, while others will be greatly decimated.

    The actual beaches themselves, are the least of the problem. It is the breeding grounds, both ocean, and wetlands, and the food sources, for both humans and non-humans, that will be the most impacted.

    People walking on the beach, is the least of the concerns.

    June 16, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The beaches will recover and so will the wild life because it is God who made them and it is God who makes the decision.

    June 16, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. ah, I really needed to know that

    now I know, and I'm better for it

    women respondents are much more pessimistic

    June 16, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. Larry

    The beaches won't recover in our lifetimes. You think they look bad now, there are 2 more months of 60,000 barrels/ day, if it's capped in August.

    June 16, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. Harold

    Instead of rolling his eyes about algae fuel and magnetic blocks for the oil spill, TJ Holmes should offer some alternative solutions of his own.

    June 16, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. Emerson

    Another triumph of opinion over facts. Who cares what uninformed people think. All but a very few individuals have any knowledge of facts on which to base an opinion on these questions. Why not ask the American public if in their opinion Nostradamus accurately predicted this catastrophe when he wrote "dark water undrinkable, birds and fish shall shun" and it was the Administration's fault that such a prediction went unheeded?

    June 16, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. jim huebner

    My GOD!!! Can't these politicians do anything but turn every issue into political controversy??? I'm sick to my SOUL with this constant criticism of our president, no matter WHAT he does! Doesn't the needs of the country and its citizens mean anything anymore? Can't they stop the political assaults even in the face of CRISIS??? People, we have got to put a STOP to this!

    June 16, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. thor

    I don't hear many women or men speaking about the administration's attempt to lift the international ban on the killing of whales.Seems to me this is just as important as the wildlife destuction that going to be dealt with in the Gulf.

    June 16, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. rob

    What the hell?????? Is there not enough for you people at CNN to report on that you need to break this down by gender???

    Real crack reporting, we can all rest assured and sleep better tonight knowing the breakdown by gender.....GEEEEEEZE

    June 16, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. Bill

    Polls are not facts. Does anyone know the facts? Science by consensus should be limited to global warming.

    June 16, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. Bob in PA

    Lets get this oil stopped and the garbage cleaned up first. Then we can worry about a fund for the lawsuits.

    June 16, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Marie (Portland, Oregon)

    Not sure why USA Today/Gallup would poll adults who clearly do not have the expertise to express an educated response to this poll. It would be like asking a truck driver how much gas you would need to reach the moon. Mixing apples and oranges makes for a poll result based on emotions and therefore pointless. Why do we even consider these numbers newsworthy. It only feeds the media driven frenzy over the oil spill and will lead to more Americans abandoning their vacation plans to the Gulf region this summer. Yes, there will be damage for decades...look at Alaska. But the earth does recover. The thing for the media to concentrate on now is what is Congress doing about regulating the oil industry. Or will it be like Alaska...out of sight, out of mind until the next oil spill.

    June 16, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. rdepontb

    Sure, food and energy prices may well go up, whether there is a reason for them to do so or not. Such is the petty way our American business model has become-get mine while I can and screw the others.

    June 16, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. billburn

    The beaches will recover. It is the length of time that is in question.

    June 16, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |