July 23rd, 2010
08:45 AM ET
12 years ago

CNN Poll: Jump in optimism in ending oil spill


 According to a new CNN poll, 33 percent of the public says the situation in the Gulf region is under control. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

Washington (CNN) - On day 95 of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a new poll indicates that two-thirds of Americans think the situation is still out of control, but the number who say that things are getting worse in the Gulf Coast region has dropped 30 points since June.

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national survey, 33 percent of the public says the situation is under control, up from just seven percent in June. Sixty-five percent of those questioned say things are out of control, down from 92 percent in June.

Full results [pdf]

"Optimism about the situation in the Gulf has grown most among women," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Last month, only 35 percent of women thought the situation there had stabliized; now that is up to 60 percent. The number of men who think things have stabilized also grew since June, but only by 12 points, to 55 percent."

The poll indicates that 24 percent say the situation is getting better, up 10 points from last month. Fifty-eight percent say things are stabilizing, up 20 points from June, and 18 percent say things are still getting worse, down from 48 percent last month.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted July 16-21, after the damaged deep sea oil well was capped last week, choking off the flow of oil for first time since an April 20 explosion sparked the massive spill. One-thousand and eighteen adult Americans were 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

Filed under: BP • CNN Polls • Energy • Gulf Region • issues
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Thank you CNN for posting a POSITIVE poll!!!

    Reading good news is good for the psyche, and this is good news indeed.

    July 23, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    The damage is already done, but hopefully can now be kept from getting any worse.

    July 23, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. I now own a piece of paper that says I own gold,hahaha

    BP was smart enough to know that keeping it at the bottom and out of sight would keep the really stupid people from complaining more,so they used the most toxic substance known to man to desolve much of it.Texas beaches will be hit next,but you cant tell those morons anything,they take care of their big oil people before anything and everyone.

    July 23, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The majority of the oil has stopped spilling out to the gulf for the moment. There is plenty that still has to be cleaned up. I'll be happy after that happens. The tests are: will this cap hold; will the relief wells do what they are supposed to do; what other accidents will happen; what have BP and the other oil companies learned from this and when will they do it? That is just a short list. I can't wait until fusion power works and fission power gets easier to clean up the spent fuel and waste.

    July 23, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  5. Purnell

    Doesn't anybody understand that optimism is irrelevant? Oil doesn't care what we think of it.

    July 23, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. rjc

    I think the booms are a joke!!! I could design a better oil pick up system, or clean up system that would actually work and I'm just an average Joe!! Did you see what the locals designed in LA?? Vacuum trucks and small boats with one man using vacuum hoses!! Come on you guys are pathetic!! Try to give those in charge an idea and they ALL will reject you... it’s part of you can't tell me how to do this.. WHO ARE YOU ...I'm smarter than you are!!(syndrome) Ugh! from my point of view people have closed their minds rather than bringing ideas together to come up with a better direction/solution!! There is no forum set up (War Room) to get the best direction, or results!! The CNN poll, 33 percent of the public says the situation in the Gulf region is under control. Have discounted over a million barrels of oil heading to the shore or poluting the water. These people must not be from La, Al,Fl, or Ms.

    July 23, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. Bob in PA

    Ending the leak would be good, nut it still doesn't excuse the lack of response from Obama and his minions during the first 60-70 days of the crisis.

    July 23, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. Hugo

    Optimism has increased because the general polling public does not get that the millions of gallons of oil that were suppressed with emulsifying agents sink to the bottom and continue to kill. The emulsified oil moves inland to shallow patch reef and estuaries where it then blankets the bottom in a layer of sludge and proceeds to suffocate every benthic invertebrate, mollusk, crab, bivalve and every other component of life at the bottom of the food chain. Believe me, this is going to devastate the Gulf fisheries for decades...

    Hydrogen generators!

    July 23, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. Linda

    I too am optimistic that things are under control in the Gulf. I hope that life can get back to normal and that people will begin to book vacations there and spend some much needed cash. I know that there has been much criticism and blame circulated around BP and the government. But so far BP appears to be honoring its commitment to stay around and foot the bill until everything has been cleaned up and the affected people have been made whole. The government has appointed the right man to oversee the claims process, and Thad Allen seems to have the situation under control. So let's climb off Obama's back and let the man enjoy the fruits of victory he so richly deserves in passing financial regulation, health care reform and extension of unemployment benefits. Despite all of the criticism being leveled at his vacation schedule (which pales in comparison to the amount of time GWB spent at his Texas home during the summers) he has accomplished an astonishing amount of legislation in a short period of time. While he appears to deliberate carefully (which annoys those who want quick action) he ultimately gets the job done correctly.

    July 23, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |