Poll: U.S. assistance to Japan on the mark
March 22nd, 2011
03:05 PM ET
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Poll: U.S. assistance to Japan on the mark

Washington (CNN) – Is the United States doing enough to help out Japan as it tries to recover from a catastrophic earthquake and ensuing tsunami?

According to a new national poll, the answer is yes.

Two-thirds of Americans questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday say that the U.S. has provided the right amount of assistance to Japan since the March 11 natural disaster. The poll indicates that 24 percent say the U.S. has not done enough to assist Japan, with seven percent saying too much assistance has been given to Japan.

As of Tuesday, the death toll from the earthquake and tsunami stands at over 9,000, with more than 13,000 confirmed missing. The tsunami also severely damaged a nuclear power plant, resulting in a possible meltdown of some of the reactors.

"Roughly half believe that Japan doesn't need as much help as poorer countries like Haiti that have suffered from similar natural disasters in the past," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Another 12 percent say that Japan does not need any assistance from the U.S. at all because it is a well-developed country with a strong economy."

That leaves 39 percent who believe that Japan will need as much aid from the U.S. as other countries hit by earthquakes or natural disasters in the past.

Just over seven in ten say they approve of how President Barack Obama's administration has handled the government's response to the crisis in Japan, with 22 percent saying they disapprove.

Could a natural disaster cause the same damage to the U.S. in the near future?

"Twenty-eight percent say that's very likely, with another 43 percent believing it is somewhat likely. If it does happen, six in ten are confident in the federal government's ability to respond to future natural disasters," adds Holland.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey was conducted March 18-20, with 1,012 people questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. S. In California - Obama 2012

    Well, it is unfortunate that this act of God occurred but they are in MUCH better shape than we are. With the 3rd best economy in the WORLD why should we have to help at all? I hope they recover and I hope the families of the victims recover but enough. We have our own problems to deal with. Maybe they should try our God.

    March 22, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. Closetiguana

    Poll the Japanese.

    March 22, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. ConservaFascists/F.U.B.A.R.

    The humanitarian aid mission is what is most important albeit the nuclear crisis.

    March 22, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The U.S. as well as any other country can only give assistance when asked and the Minister of Japan for the first time appeared on TV last week. Yes, we will do everything to assist Japan but we also must respect their culture before barging in on them without an invite.

    March 22, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. Brian

    The first and most important question is to determine the risk for the lives of our soldiers. Are they going to be in the area of radiation? Japan has a military, they have the funds and they have the people. I would suggest providing supplies with a limited number of troops in areas away from the nuclear plants and to "encourage" Japan to utilize their resources to dissiminate those supplies to their people. That would allow their people to become part of the rebuilding process and limit the danger to our troops. Wind, rain, hail, heat, cold are all conditions our troops train for, however radiation is a whole different situation. I understand our troops train for nuclear attacks, however working in an area such as that should be limited by the commanders and not left up to the troops to decide.

    March 22, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Bob in PA

    WHo knows, all we hear about is the power plants and how drastic the melt down will be. The media has dropped the ball on the humanitarian side of this issue.

    March 22, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. ACE

    Gaylon we are talking about Obama not Bush you seem to be a little confused ones capable the other was not.

    March 22, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    We borrowed a load of money from Japan to pay for republican unfunded wars and republican unfunded tax cuts. I think it might be a good idea to help them.

    March 22, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. Saiyan

    What? Over 9000?!

    March 22, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |