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     Disaster Preparedness and Relief         See also: Energy (Gulf oil spill, nuclear power) | Terrorism

 
 

Pew Research Center/Washington Post. May 23-26, 2013. N=1,005 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.7.

             

"Thinking about the federal government's response to major natural disasters, which comes closer to your view even if neither is exactly right? Federal spending in response to natural disasters must be offset by cuts to other programs. Federal spending in response to natural disasters is emergency aid that does not need to be offset by cuts to other programs." Options rotated

 
    Must be
offset
Does not
need to
be offset
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

5/23-26/13

29

59

13

   

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Aug. 24-25, 2011. N=1,017 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Next I am going to read a list of things some people have done in order to prepare for a terrorist attack or a natural disaster like a hurricane or an earthquake. For each one, please say if this is something you currently have or do not have. . . ."

 
    Have Do not
have
     
    % %      
 
 

"An emergency kit that you have checked within the last year which contains fresh batteries, a radio, a first aid kit and essential medication"

 

8/24-25/11

46

54

     
             
 

"A stockpile of food and water in your home"

 

8/24-25/11

45

55

     
             
 

"An interior room in your house designated as a 'safe room' in the event of an attack"

 

8/24-25/11

32

68

     

 

CBS News Poll. March 18-21, 2011. N=1,022 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you think the federal government is adequately prepared to deal with a major nuclear accident in the United States, or not?"

 
    Prepared Not prepared Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/18-21/11

35

58

7

   
             

"How likely do you think it is that a major earthquake will happen in the U.S. in the next 20 years: very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely or not at all likely?"

 
    Very likely Somewhat
likely
Not very
likely
Not at all
likely
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/18-21/11

53

34

8

1

4

             

"Do you think the federal government is adequately prepared to deal with a major earthquake in the United States, or not?"

 
    Prepared Not prepared Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/18-21/11

35

60

5

   
             

"Have you and your family done anything to prepare for a natural disaster occurring in your area, or haven't you done that yet?"

 
    Have Have not      
    % %      
 

3/18-21/11

35

65

     

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. March 18-20, 2011. N=1,012 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"How likely do you think it is that a natural disaster as bad as the ones that hit Japan recently would occur somewhere in the United States in the next few years: very likely, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely or very unlikely?"

 
    Very likely Somewhat
likely
Somewhat
unlikely
Very
unlikely
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/18-20/11

28

43

18

10

1

             

"How much confidence do you have in the federal government's ability to respond to future natural disasters: a great deal of confidence, a moderate amount, not much, or none at all?"

 
    A great deal A moderate
amount
Not much None at all  
    % % % %  
 

3/18-20/11

13

48

29

11

 

 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). March 14-16, 2011. N=913 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"In the wake of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, would you say the scope of the damage to the country is much worse than you expected to see in an industrialized country in your lifetime, somewhat worse, or are you not entirely surprised to see a disaster of this size in an industrialized country?"

 
    Much worse Somewhat
worse
Not entirely
surprised
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/14-16/11

32

17

49

2

 

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. March 15, 2011. Adults nationwide. Interviews conducted as part of Gallup Daily tracking.

             

"Have the recent events in Japan made you a lot more concerned, a little more concerned, or not more concerned about a major earthquake or tsunami occurring in the United States?" N=518 (Form 1), Margin of error 5

 
    A lot more
concerned
A little more
concerned
Not more
concerned
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/15/11

25

39

35

1

 
             

"Have the recent events in Japan made you a lot more concerned, a little more concerned, or not more concerned about a nuclear disaster occurring in the United States?" N=486 (Form 2), Margin of error 5

 
    A lot more
concerned
A little more
concerned
Not more
concerned
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/15/11

39

31

27

3

 

 

CBS News Poll. Aug. 20-24, 2010. N=1,082 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"In the long run, which do you think will have caused more hardship for the Gulf residents: Hurricane Katrina or the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?"

 
    Katrina Oil spill Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

8/20-24/10

44

49

2

5

 
             

"As far as you know, do you think the city of New Orleans has mostly recovered or mostly not recovered from the effects of Hurricane Katrina?"

 
    Recovered Not
recovered
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/20-24/10

35

52

13

   
             

"Looking back, do you think the federal government has done all it could reasonably be expected to do to help the city of New Orleans recover from the effects of Hurricane Katrina, or could the government have done more?"

 
    Has done
all it could
Could have
done more
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/20-24/10

31

63

6

   
             

"Do you think New Orleans should receive additional federal government aid to help rebuild the city due to the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina, or don't you think additional aid is necessary?"

 
    Should
receive more
More not
necessary
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/20-24/10

60

30

10

   
             

"Which one of these do you think was the biggest contributing factor to the destruction in New Orleans caused by Hurricane Katrina? Poor construction of the levees by the government. OR, Poor handling of the emergency by the government. OR, Poverty and lack of services like transportation."

 
    Construction
of levees
Government's
response
Poverty, lack
of services
Combination
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

8/20-24/10

34

24

21

17

4

             

"Some people have said that because the people who remained in New Orleans after the hurricane and flooding were mostly African American, help was slow to come, and that if the people who remained left in New Orleans had been mostly white, help would have come faster. Do you think the factor that those who remained in New Orleans were mostly black was a major factor, a minor factor, or not a factor in the government's response in New Orleans?"

 
    Major factor Minor factor Not a factor Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

8/20-24/10

19

21

55

5

 
             

"In general, do you have a good image or a bad image of New Orleans?"

 
    Good image Bad image Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/20-24/10

72

19

9

   
             

"In general, do you think the federal government is adequately prepared to deal with another hurricane similar to Hurricane Katrina, or not?"

 
    Prepared Not
prepared
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/20-24/10

34

59

7

   

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