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.