June 15th, 2010
07:38 AM ET
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Poll: Obama not tough enough on BP


 A new national poll indicates that most Americans don't think President Barack Obama's been tough enough on BP. (PHOTO CREDIT: Mark Oswald/CNN)

Washington (CNN) - When it comes to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a new national poll indicates that most Americans don't think President Barack Obama's been tough enough on BP.

According to a USA Today/Gallup survey, 71 percent of the public says Obama hasn't been tough enough in dealing with BP, with one in five saying the president's response has been about right, three percent saying he's been too tough, and six percent unsure.

The poll's Monday release came as Obama began a two day tour of the region, the president's fourth trip to the Gulf coast since since the environmental disaster began on April 20. Obama's visit comes as federal authorities are jacking up the pressure on BP to start containing the spill more effectively, as well as to compensate Gulf residents and businesses harmed by the oil. Tuesday evening, after returning to the White House, the president is scheduled to give a prime-time address to the nation on the crisis.

Twenty-four percent of people questioned in the survey rate the president's handling of the spill as very poor, up five points from last month. Twenty-nine percent say Obama's handling of the crisis is poor, with one in three rating it as good and 11 percent terming it very good.

Other recent polls also indicate that a minority of Americans approve of the job Obama and his administration are doing in dealing with the massive spill.

Nearly half of those questioned in the USA Today/Gallup survey say BP's handling of the oil spill is very poor, with another 32 percent calling it poor and just 18 percent saying it's good or very good. And nearly six in ten say BP should pay for all financial losses caused by the spill, even if those payment will put the company out of business.

The 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 (39 Responses)
  1. Augsbee

    Our President's new name should be ObamaLama, he's way to hooked on being the next Dalai Lama, I'm surprised he hasn't started singing Kumbayah to us all.

    June 14, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. gt

    our troops are still in the middle east and more young men die everyday,,, they need to be home,, the oil keeps coming ,, nothing is getting done... there are still no jobs ,, theeconomy stinks,,, oh ya he is not tough enough,,no he is just a very poor leader....

    June 14, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. sheena clark canada

    To those who have sooooooooo much to say against President Obama – you say the same things no matter what he does, or says.
    Go watch what Fareed Zakaria said on Sunday show. He's about the only sane voice left on CNN.
    And everyons talk about Kenya etc is just very, very old.

    June 14, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. malabar

    Congrats dems, ur blaming Bush 4 everythng hasn't come back to bite u at all

    June 14, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. k

    Where did the so called toughness that Bush use to spew all the time. He didn't lead with a cool head only with "If you're not with me your against me". Sharp words with many many mistakes and look what he got us into. The Repubs keep condemning the President if he says to much or not enough. One thing I do know is they all talk to much. If you want to learn, keep your mouth shut and listen.

    June 14, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    I don't suppose Obama could be any less tough than George H.W. Bush had been during the Valdez oil spill. Doubt conservatives really care one way or another. As long as they can keep the Obama whine-fest going, all is well.

    June 14, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. Janice

    Leave Obama alone it has only been 56 days.

    June 14, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. charlie from the North

    Hey America,

    Here's the thing. BP has a job to do which is to stop the oil spill. Obama is an adult (unlike the last guy to have his job) he knows that "being tough" with BP will not fix the problem any faster. Now once he draws up regulations the same people complaining now will turn around and say that's too much regulation.

    Go figure

    June 14, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. Wisconsinite

    Thank God there's another poll to tell us all what we think! It doesn't matter what he does. There's a certain percentage of the population who hate him. That's all. They just hate him and will continue to hate him no matter what he does or doesn't do. He could turn the economy around from a deficit to a suplus, stop the spill, clean up all the oil, get us off foreign oil, defeat every terrorist known everywhere in the world and bring all of our troops home and guess what? They'd STILL hate him. Why? Because they don't like the fact that THEIR country is being run by a black man. That's "change" and they don't LIKE it.

    June 14, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. G

    This is Obama's Katrina. This makes Obama look impetent and incompetent. We need better leadership than this.

    June 14, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    It seems that many people don't realized that an oil spill of this magnitude has NEVER happened before. No one knows exactly what to do to fix it – but they are trying. Maybe it's time for the American public to grow up and face reality. Good luck on that one!

    June 14, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. Peter

    If the uneducated masses read at all they would know Obama has been on this from day one!!! A law was passed in congress in 2000 which mandates that any oil spills be cleaned and paid for by the company that causes it thats why Obama hand the US govt kept an eye on things but let BP take the lead he was simply following the law of the land!

    June 14, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. Marie MD

    What is the President supposed to do? Clean up the mess himself? BP should have hundreds, no, thousands of people cleaning up their mess. I don't want to watch another sorry commercial.
    Those people who can't work at present because there is a moratorium on oil drilling (yes, jindall and quitter ("go save a well") those people can be hired to help clean up.
    It would be a win/win situation for all.

    June 14, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  14. Jann in Denver

    Strange. Neither myself nor anybody I know has ever been Polled. You all must be calling the same Republicans over and over again.

    June 14, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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