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Polls listed chronologically. Data are from nationwide surveys of Americans 18 & older.

 
 

CBS News. Jan. 14-17, 2010. N=1,090 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"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?"

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Very Likely Somewhat
Likely
Not Very
Likely
Not at All
Likely
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

AL

44

36

10

2

8

Northeast

39

34

14

5

8

Midwest

36

43

11

2

8

South

42

32

11

2

13

West

56

35

4

1

4

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

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Prepared Not Prepared Unsure

.

%

%

%

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ALL

34

59

7

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Northeast

33

60

7

.

Midwest

31

56

13

.

South

34

59

7

.

West

38

60

2

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Men

40

55

5

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Women

29

62

9

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CBS News. Aug. 8-12, 2007. N=1,214 adults nationwide (MoE ± 3, for all adults), including, with an oversample, 169 blacks (MoE ± 8).

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"How much confidence do you have in the ability of the U.S. government to respond to natural disasters: a great deal, a fair amount, not very much, or none at all?"

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A Great Deal A Fair Amount Not Very
Much
None at All  

%

%

%

%

 

ALL

16

43

30

9

 

Whites

16

45

29

8

 

Blacks

7

35

40

14

 

.

8/17-21/06

13

43

32

12

 

2/22-26/06

10

39

37

14

 
10/3-5/05

16

47

32

5

 
9/6-7/05

19

32

34

15

 

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"From what you have heard or read, how much progress has been made so far in rebuilding New Orleans and the Gulf Coast: a lot, some, not much, none at all, or don't you know enough about it yet to say?"

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A Lot Some Not Much None Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

ALL

9

36

30

4

21

Whites

11

38

28

3

20

Blacks

2

18

49

8

23

.

8/17-21/06

7

38

23

2

30


 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Aug. 6-8, 2007. N=1,029 adults nationwide.

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"Do you think the city of New Orleans will ever completely recover from the effects of Hurricane Katrina, or not?" Half sample, MoE ± 4.5

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Will Recover Will Not
Recover
Unsure
% % %

8/6-8/07

44 55 2

8/18-20/06

39 60 1

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"Thinking about the efforts the federal government is making to rebuild areas damaged by Hurricane Katrina, do you think the federal government is doing too much, is doing the right amount, or has not done enough?" Half sample, MoE ± 4.5

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Too Much Right Amount Not Enough Unsure
% % % %

8/6-8/07

10 33 52 5

8/18-20/06

10 31 56 3

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Aug. 24-25, 2006. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Almost one year after Hurricane Katrina struck, are you generally satisfied or dissatisfied with the progress that has been made in rebuilding the city of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast?"

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Satisfied Dissatisfied Unsure    
% % %    

8/24-25/06

28 58 14    

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"All in all, do you think George W. Bush has followed through on his promise to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, or not?"

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Has Has Not Unsure    
% % %    

ALL

32 51 17    

Republicans

61 16 23    

Democrats

16 72 12    

Independents

26 60 14    

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Aug. 17-21, 2006. N=1,206 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"I'd like to ask you some questions about what happened in the days just AFTER the hurricane hit the Gulf area last year. Do you think the federal government responded adequately to Hurricane Katrina or could it have done much better?"

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Adequately Could Have
Done Better
Unsure    

%

%

%

   

8/17-21/06

17

80

3

   

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"Do you think the Louisiana state and local government responded adequately to Hurricane Katrina or could it have done much better?"

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Adequately Could Have
Done Better
Unsure    

%

%

%

   

8/17-21/06

15

81

4

   
9/6-7/05

24

70

6

   

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is responding to the needs of people affected by Hurricane Katrina?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    

%

%

%

   

8/17-21/06

41

51

8

   

2/22-26/06

32

64

4

   
9/9-13/05

44

48

8

   

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"Which best describes your feelings about the way things are going in the rebuilding of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast? Are you pleased, satisfied but not pleased, dissatisfied but not angry, or angry?"

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Pleased Satisfied Dissatisfied Angry Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

8/17-21/06

6

32

39

11

12

2/22-26/06

5

26

43

16

10

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"Right now, do you think that federal agencies like FEMA are doing all they can reasonably be expected to do to help the people affected by Hurricane Katrina, or could they be doing more?"

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All That
Could Be
Expected
Could Be
Doing More
Unsure    

%

%

%

   

8/17-21/06

32

59

9

   

2/22-26/06

27

66

7

   

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"Right now, do you think Louisiana state and local government officials are doing all they can reasonably be expected to do to help the people affected by Hurricane Katrina, or could they be doing more?"

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All That
Could Be
Expected
Could Be
Doing More
Unsure    

%

%

%

   

8/17-21/06

30

55

15

   

2/22-26/06

26

60

14

   

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"Do you think the federal government should continue to provide housing for all people left homeless by Hurricane Katrina, or is this no longer the responsibility of the federal government?"

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Should
Continue to
Provide
No Longer
Federal
Responsibility
Unsure    

%

%

%

   

8/17-21/06

63

29

8

   

2/22-26/06

67

23

10

   

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"Which of these do you think is most likely? (1) Most of New Orleans will be rebuilt in the next year or two. (2) Most of New Orleans will be rebuilt, but it will take longer than a year or two. (3) Most of New Orleans will probably not be rebuilt."

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Next Year
Or Two
Longer Than
Year or Two
Probably
Not Rebuilt
Unsure  

%

%

%

%

 

8/17-21/06

8

64

25

3

 

2/22-26/06

11

60

27

2

 

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"In the year since Hurricane Katrina, do you think the federal government has done all it could reasonably be expected to do to make sure the government responds better to future natural disasters, or could the government have done more?"

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All That
Could Be
Expected
Could Have
Done More
Unsure    

%

%

%

   

8/17-21/06

35

59

6

   

 

CNN Poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation. Aug. 18-20, 2006. N=1,033 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush has handled the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %

8/18-20/06

34 64 2

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"Thinking about the efforts the state and local governments are making to rebuild areas damaged by Hurricane Katrina, do you think the state and local governments are doing too much, are doing the right amount, or have not done enough?" Half sample, MoE ± 4.5

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Too Much Right Amount Not Enough Unsure
% % % %

8/18-20/06

3 31 61 5

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"Who do you think is more responsible for the problems New Orleans faced after Hurricane Katrina last year: President Bush and other federal government officials, or Mayor Ray Nagin and other local government officials?"

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President/
Federal
Mayor/Local Unsure
% % %

8/18-20/06

40 53 7

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Aug. 18-20, 2006. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the problems caused by Hurricane Katrina?" 12/05 and earlier: "...the response to Hurricane Katrina...."

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Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %

8/18-20/06

37 56 7

1/20-22/06

41 53 6

12/9-11/05

41 57 2

9/16-18/05

41 57 2

9/8-11/05

43 54 3

 

ABC News Poll. Aug. 10-20, 2006. N=1,109 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Fieldwork by ICR.

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"Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, including New Orleans, about a year ago. In terms of the rebuilding and recovery efforts that have gone on over the past year, how would you rate the job done by the federal government: excellent, good, not so good or poor?"

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Excellent Good Not So
Good
Poor Unsure
% % % % %

8/10-20/06

4 25 28 38 5

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"How would you rate the rebuilding and recovery efforts by the state and local governments in the affected areas: excellent, good, not so good or poor?"

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Excellent Good Not So
Good
Poor Unsure
% % % % %

8/10-20/06

4 26 35 27 8

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"Do you think the money the federal government has spent on hurricane recovery efforts has been mostly well spent or mostly wasted?" Options rotated

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Well Spent Wasted In
Between (vol.)
Unsure
% % % %

8/10-20/06

27 60 6 7

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"Looking ahead, how confident are you in the federal government's ability to respond effectively to another major disaster like the one caused by Hurricane Katrina: very confident, somewhat confident, not so confident or not confident at all?"

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Very
Confident
Somewhat
Confident
Not So
Confident
Not at All
Confident
Unsure
% % % % %

8/10-20/06

12 36 28 22 2

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"The lead agency in handling the federal government's response to disasters is FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Do you trust FEMA to lead the federal government's response to the next major disaster, or would you like to see a different agency put in charge?"

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FEMA A Different
Agency
Unsure
% % %

8/10-20/06

43 50 8

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"Do you think the severity of recent hurricanes like Katrina is most likely the result of global climate change, or is it just the kind of severe weather events that happen from time to time?" Options rotated

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Climate
Change
Just
Happens
Unsure
% % %

8/10-20/06

45 49 5

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"As you may know, New Orleans is a poor city with a large African-American population. Do you think the federal government's recovery program there would be moving faster if it had been a wealthier city with more whites, or do you think race and poverty have not affected the recovery effort?"

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Would be
Moving
Faster
Have Not
Affected
Effort
Unsure
% % %

8/10-20/06

43 48 8

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"Overall, do you think problems with the hurricane relief effort are or are not an indication of racial inequality in this country?"

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Are Are Not Unsure
% % %

8/10-20/06

35 60 5

9/8-11/05

31 67 2

 

Associated Press/Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Aug. 6-10, 2006. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

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"How often do you worry about becoming a victim of a disaster like a hurricane, tornado, or earthquake? . . ."

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Frequently Occasionally Rarely Never  
% % % %  

8/6-10/06

11 27 39 23  

4/04

8 21 39 32  

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"Do you approve or disapprove or have mixed feelings about the way George W. Bush handled Hurricane Katrina?" If "mixed feelings" or not sure: "If you had to choose, do you lean more toward approve or disapprove?"

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Approve Disapprove Mixed Unsure  
% % % %  

8/6-10/06

31 67 1 1  

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. May 2-3, 2006. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Thinking about FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, do you think it would be more effective and efficient to abolish FEMA and replace it with a new agency, or do you think it would be more effective and efficient to fix FEMA?"

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Replace Fix Unsure    
% % %    
5/2-3/06 31 58 11    

 

Associated Press/Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. April 3-5, 2006. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

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"When it comes to the relief effort for victims of Hurricane Katrina, do you approve or disapprove or have mixed feelings about the way George W. Bush is handling that issue?" If "mixed feelings" or not sure: "If you had to choose, do you lean more toward approve or disapprove?"

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Approve Disapprove Mixed Unsure  
% % % %  
4/3-5/06 37 59 3 1  
3/6-8/06 40 57 2 1  
11/7-9/05 44 53 2 1  
10/3-5/05 48 49 2 1  

9/16-18/05

46 51 2 1  

9/6-8/05

46 52 1 1  

 

CBS News Poll. Feb. 22-26, 2006. N=1,018 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you think members of the Bush Administration have a clear plan for finding housing and jobs for people left homeless by Hurricane Katrina or don't they have a plan yet?"

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Have Plan No Plan Yet Unsure    

%

%

%

   

2/22-26/06

15

72

13

   
1/20-25/06

25

67

8

   
12/2-6/05

20

66

14

   

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"Do you think the fact that many people forced to leave New Orleans are black is a major factor, a minor factor, or not a factor in the progress being made by the government in rebuilding New Orleans?"

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Major Factor Minor Factor Not a Factor Unsure  

%

%

%

%

 

2/22-26/06

28

18

49

5

 

 

Associated Press/Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs. Feb. 13-16, 2006. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

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"Which do you think should be the higher priority for government spending: the war in Iraq or recovery from Hurricane Katrina?"

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War in Iraq Katrina
Recovery
Unsure    
% % %    

2/13-16/06

31 64 5    

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"Thinking about the areas in Louisiana and Mississippi hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina: To the best of your knowledge, are those areas now mostly recovered, or are they still badly damaged?"

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Mostly
Recovered
Badly
Damaged
Unsure    
% % %    
2/13-16/06 7 87 6    

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"How confident are you in the federal government's ability to handle a major disaster in the future . . . ?"

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Very
Confident
Somewhat
Confident
Not Too
Confident
Not at All
Confident
Unsure
% % % % %
2/13-16/06 15 32 28 24 1

9/16-18/05

19 35 25 20 1
9/6-8/05 19 37 27 17 -

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"As you may know, the U.S. Congress has spent or is expected to approve spending, a total of about 100 billion dollars to help the affected areas recover from Hurricane Katrina. What best describes how you feel about federal spending on the recovery from Hurricane Katrina? We are spending too much. We are spending the right amount. We should spend more."

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Spending
Too Much
Spending
Right Amount
Should
Spend More
Unsure  
% % % %  
2/13-16/06 20 46 28 6  

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"How confident are you that the money appropriated for recovery from Katrina is being spent wisely . . . ?"

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Very
Confident
Somewhat
Confident
Not Too
Confident
Not at All
Confident
Unsure
% % % % %
2/13-16/06 4 29 37 29 1
10/3-5/05 5 32 36 25 2

9/16-18/05

8 42 31 18 1

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"There are many people in this country who choose to live in areas and homes that are known to be especially susceptible to destruction by natural disasters such as landslides, earthquakes, hurricanes, and flooding. In general, when these disasters strike these areas, do you think the government should give money to local residents to help them recover, or do you think the residents of these areas should live there solely at their own risk?"

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Help Them
Recover
Live at
Own Risk
Unsure    
% % %    
2/13-16/06 47 49 4    

9/16-18/05

50 45 5    

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Feb. 9-12, 2006. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Thinking about the efforts the federal government is making to rebuild areas damaged by Hurricane Katrina, do you think the federal government is doing too much, is doing the right amount, or is not doing enough?" Options rotated

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Too Much Right
Amount
Not
Enough
Unsure
% % % %

2/9-12/06

8 35 51 7

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Dec. 9-11, 2005. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Thinking about the efforts the federal government has made to rebuild areas damaged by Hurricane Katrina, do you think the federal government has done too much, has done the right amount, or has not done enough?" Options rotated

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Too Much Right
Amount
Not
Enough
Unsure
% % % %

12/9-11/05

7 35 54 4

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"Who do you think should pay most of the costs for rebuilding the areas that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina that are not covered by insurance: the federal government, state governments, local governments in the affected areas, or the people whose homes or businesses were damaged?" Options rotated

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Federal
Government
State
Governments
Local
Governments
People Unsure
% % % % %

12/9-11/05

43 29 14 10 4

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"As you may know, Congress has already committed to provide relief for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. How do you think the federal government should fund these relief efforts -- by raising taxes, cutting spending, or increasing the federal budget deficit?" Options rotated

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Raising
Taxes
Cutting
Spending
Increasing
Deficit
Unsure
% % % %

12/9-11/05

14 67 13 6

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Dec. 2-6, 2005. N=1,155 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the response to Hurricane Katrina?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    

%

%

%

   
12/2-6/05

42

51

7

   
10/3-5/05

45

52

3

   
9/9-13/05

44

50

6

   
9/6-7/05

38

58

4

   
8/30-31/05

54

12

34

   

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"Do you have confidence in George W. Bush's ability to make the right decisions about dealing with the problems people affected by Hurricane Katrina are facing or are you uneasy about his approach?"

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Confident Uneasy Unsure    

%

%

%

   
12/2-6/05

39

54

7

   
9/9-13/05

46

51

3

   

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Oct. 6-10, 2005. Adults nationwide.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the 62 billion dollar relief effort President Bush and Congress have passed to help rebuild after Hurricane Katrina?" N=1,500, MoE ± 3

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Approve Disap-
prove
Unsure
% % %
10/6-10/05 80 15 5

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"Which concerns you more -- that we are spending too MUCH money on hurricane relief or that we are spending too LITTLE money on hurricane relief?" Options rotated. Form 1 (N=758, MoE ± 4).

.

Too
Much
Too
Little
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % %
10/6-10/05 26 45 17 12

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"In the long run, which concerns you more -- that the government will spend too MUCH money on hurricane relief or that the government will spend too LITTLE money on hurricane relief?"  Options rotated. Form 2 (N=742, MoE ± 4).

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Too
Much
Too
Little
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % %
10/6-10/05 42 44 8 6

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"If you had to choose, which of the following would you say is the best way for the government to pay for the problems caused by the hurricanes: increase the federal budget deficit, raise taxes, cut spending for the war in Iraq, or cut domestic spending?" Options rotated. Form 1 (N=758, MoE ± 4).

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Increase
Deficit
Raise
Taxes
Cut Iraq
Spending
Cut
Domestic
Spending
Other (vol.)/
Unsure
% % % % %
10/6-10/05 15 15 31 20 19

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"If you had to choose, which of the following would you say is the best way for the government to pay for the problems caused by the hurricanes: increase the federal budget deficit, raise taxes, cut defense and military spending, or cut domestic spending?" Options rotated. Form 2 (N=742, MoE ± 4).

.

Increase
Deficit
Raise
Taxes
Cut
Defense
Spending
Cut
Domestic
Spending
Other (vol.)/
Unsure
% % % % %
10/6-10/05 13 14 28 31 14

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"Which of the following, if any, concerns you MOST about the government's hurricane relief effort? The money will be wasted on unnecessary things. The money will add too much to the budget deficit. The money won't go to the people who really need it." N=1,500, MoE ± 3

.

Will Be
Wasted
Will Add
Too Much
To Deficit
Won't Go
To People
In Need
All/
Multiple
(vol.)
None (vol.)/
Unsure
% % % % %
10/6-10/05 32 6 51 6 5

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Sept. 29-30, 2005. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"We'd like your opinion of the way George W. Bush is handling certain aspects of his job. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling problems caused by the impact of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and on the Gulf Coast?"

.

Approve Disap-
prove
Unsure  
% % %  
9/29-30/05 41 53 6  
9/8-9/05 37 57 6  

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"We'd like your opinion of the way George W. Bush is handling certain aspects of his job. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling problems caused by the impact of Hurricane Rita on the Gulf Coast and in the oil business?"

.

Approve Disap-
prove
Unsure  
% % %  
9/29-30/05 42 49 9  

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"Now thinking about the government in Washington's failures in responding to Hurricane Katrina. From what you know now, which of the following do you think was the MOST IMPORTANT reason the federal government didn't do a better job? Bad management by top emergency officials. The selection of political cronies and others with little or no experience to be top emergency officials. OR, Efforts to downsize or cut back on government services generally since George W. Bush took office."

.

  %    
Bad management by top officials 29    
Selection of political cronies 28    
Efforts to downsize 19    
None of these/Other reason (vol.) 18    
Unsure 6    

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"After the recent experience dealing with hurricanes and the replacement of a top emergency official, do you think the federal government is now better able to respond to a major hurricane or other natural disaster in the future, or not?"

.

Better
Able
Not Better
Able
Unsure  
% % %  
9/29-30/05 57 35 8  

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Sept. 27-28, 2005. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you think President Bush is spending too much time, too little time, or about the right amount of time on hurricane relief?"

.

Too
Much
Too
Little
About
Right
Unsure  

%

%

%

%

 
9/27-28/05

12

27

51

10

 

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"If people rebuild homes and businesses in high-risk areas that are known to have a tendency to flood, should they be eligible for taxpayer-funded disaster relief money a second time or not?"

.

Yes No Unsure    

%

%

%

   
9/27-28/05

29

58

13

 

 

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"In general, which one of the following do you think is the best way for the government to pay for hurricane relief: raise taxes, cut government spending, or borrow more money?"

.

Raise
Taxes
Cut
Spending
Borrow Combination
(vol.)
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

9/27-28/05

9

61

5

14

11

.

"Who do you think should take the lead role in responding to natural disasters: state and local governments or the federal government?"

.

State/
Local
Federal Both
Equally (vol.)
Unsure  

%

%

%

%

 
9/27-28/05

46

23

28

3

 


 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Sept. 26-28, 2005. Adults nationwide.

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"Now, thinking about Hurricane Katrina, which hit New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in late August, do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush has handled the response to Hurricane Katrina?" Form A (N=485, MoE ± 5)

.

Approve Disap-
prove
Unsure
% % %

9/26-28/05

40 54 6

.

"Now, thinking about Hurricane Rita, which hit Texas and parts of Louisiana this past weekend, do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush has handled the response to Hurricane Rita?" Form B (N=522, MoE ± 5)

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Approve Disap-
prove
Unsure
% % %

9/26-28/05

71 22 7

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"How worried are you about the effects the recent hurricanes will have on the U.S. in the future: very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?" N=1,007, MoE ± 3

.

Very
Worried
Somewhat
Worried
Not Too
Worried
Not Worried
At All
Unsure
% % % % %

9/26-28/05

24 48 18 9 1

.

"How worried are you about the effects the recent hurricanes will have on you and your family in the future: very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?" N=1,007, MoE ± 3

.

Very
Worried
Somewhat
Worried
Not Too
Worried
Not Worried
At All
Unsure
% % % % %

9/26-28/05

19 38 25 17 1

 

Associated Press/Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs. Sept. 16-18, 2005. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

.

"Which comes closest to your view? The federal government should have been better prepared to cope with the effects of a disaster of the magnitude caused by Hurricane Katrina. The federal government was as prepared as it reasonably could have been to cope with a disaster of the magnitude caused by Hurricane Katrina."

.

Should
Have Been
Better
Prepared
As
 Prepared
As Could
Have Been
Unsure    
% % %    

9/16-18/05

70 28 2    
9/6-8/05 69 30 1    

.

"How confident are you in your state and local governments' ability to handle a major disaster in the future . . . ?"

.

Very
Confident
Somewhat
Confident
Not Too
Confident
Not at All
Confident
Unsure
% % % % %

9/16-18/05

17 47 23 11 2

.

"How do you think the slow government response to Hurricane Katrina will affect race relations in the United States in the long term? Would you say it will improve race relations, harm race relations, or have no effect on race relations?"

.

Improve Harm Have No
Effect
Unsure  
% % % %  

9/16-18/05

21 35 39 5  

.

"As you may know, the U.S. Congress is expected to appropriate up to 200 billion dollars to help the affected areas recover from Hurricane Katrina. What best describes how you feel about federal spending on the recovery from Hurricane Katrina? We are spending too much. We are spending the right amount. We should spend more." Half-sample

.

Spending
Too Much
Spending
Right
Amount
Should
Spend More
Unsure  
% % % %  

9/16-18/05

24 52 15 9  

.

"Should the government prohibit people from building new homes in areas that are known to be especially susceptible to destruction by natural disasters, or should people be free to build new homes in these areas?"

.

Prohibit Free to
Build
Unsure    
% % %    

9/16-18/05

39 57 4    

.

"If you had to choose, which one of the following options do you think is the best way for the government to pay for the relief effort for Hurricane Katrina? Cut spending on Iraq. Delay or cancel additional tax cuts. Add to the federal debt and gradually pay it back. Cut spending for other domestic programs like education, welfare, transportation, and health care."

.

Cut Iraq
Spending
Delay or
Cancel
Tax Cuts
Add to
Federal
Debt
Cut Other
Domestic
Spending
Unsure
% % % % %

9/16-18/05

42 29 14 11 4

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Sept. 16-18, 2005. N=818 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.

.

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the response to Hurricane Katrina?"

.

Approve Disap-
prove
Unsure
% % %

9/16-18/05

41 57 2

9/8-11/05

43 54 3

.

"Based on what you have heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of the proposals George W. Bush outlined in his speech on Thursday night to handle the problems caused by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and other areas of the Gulf Coast?"

.

Approve Disap-
prove
Unsure
% % %

9/16-18/05

45 27 28

.

"How much confidence do you have in the Bush Administration's ability to do each of the following: a great deal, a moderate amount, not much, or none at all? How about [see below]?"

.

A Great
Deal
A Moderate
Amount
Not Much None At All Unsure
% % % % %

.

"Assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina"

.

9/16-18/05

29 41 20 10 -

.

"Rebuild New Orleans and other areas of the Gulf Coast region"

.

9/16-18/05

25 43 21 10 1

.

"Improve the government's ability to respond to future natural disasters"

.

9/16-18/05

24 36 27 13 -

.

"Thinking about the money the federal government plans to spend on the problems caused by Hurricane Katrina, which worries you more -- that the federal government will spend TOO MUCH on these problems and ignore other problems the country faces, or that the federal government will spend TOO LITTLE on these problems and not adequately fix the problems caused by the hurricane?" Options rotated

.

Spend
Too Much
Spend
Too Little
Not
Worried
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % %

9/16-18/05

50 40 5 5

.

"In order for the federal government to handle the problems caused by Hurricane Katrina, do you think the average American will have to make major sacrifices in the form of higher taxes or cuts in government programs that benefit them, minor sacrifices, or no sacrifices at all?"

.

Major
Sacrifices
Minor
Sacrifices
No
Sacrifices
Unsure
% % % %

9/16-18/05

45 48 6 1

.

"Would you, personally, be willing to make major sacrifices, minor sacrifices or no sacrifices at all in your taxes or government benefits to allow the government to spend money to address the problems caused by Hurricane Katrina?"

.

Major
Sacrifices
Minor
Sacrifices
No
Sacrifices
Unsure
% % % %

9/16-18/05

20 64 14 2

.

"If you had to choose, which of the following would you say would be the best way for the government to pay for the problems caused by Hurricane Katrina: increase the federal budget deficit, raise taxes, cut spending for the war in Iraq, or cut spending for domestic programs such as education and health care?" Options rotated

.

Cut Iraq
Spending
Raise
Taxes
Increase
Deficit
Cut
Domestic
Spending
Other (vol.)/
Unsure
% % % % %

9/16-18/05

54 17 15 6 8

.

"As you may know, some people have called for an investigation into the problems the government had in responding to Hurricane Katrina. Who would you rather see conduct this investigation: an independent panel or Congress?" Options rotated

.

Independent
Panel
Congress Unsure
% % %

9/16-18/05

81 18 1

.

"Thinking again about George W. Bush: Just your best guess, do you think George W. Bush has taken steps to help victims of Hurricane Katrina mostly because he sincerely cares about the victims, or mostly for political reasons?" Options rotated

.

Sincerely
Cares
Political
Reasons
Unsure
% % %

9/16-18/05

42 56 2

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Sept. 13-14, 2005. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Who do you hold more responsible for the problems responding to Hurricane Katrina: the state and local governments in the affected areas or the federal government?"

.

State/Local
Governments
Federal
Government
Both (vol.) Neither
(vol.)
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

9/13-14/05

42

29

19

6

5

.

"How well prepared do you think your state government is if a disaster were to happen in your state?"

.

Very
Prepared
Somewhat
Prepared
Not Very
Prepared
Not At All
Prepared
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

9/13-14/05

18

44

18

11

9

.

"How well prepared do you think your local authorities are if a disaster were to happen in your area?"

.

Very
Prepared
Somewhat
Prepared
Not Very
Prepared
Not At All
Prepared
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

9/13-14/05

22

40

17

13

8

.

"How well prepared do you think you and your family are if a disaster were to happen in your area?"

.

Very
Prepared
Somewhat
Prepared
Not Very
Prepared
Not At All
Prepared
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

9/13-14/05

29

42

15

11

2

.

"During a mandatory evacuation, do you think people should be forced to leave their homes or should they be allowed to stay no matter what?"

.

Forced To
Leave
Allowed
To Stay
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  

%

%

%

%

 
9/13-14/05

57

25

13

4

 

.

"Do you believe natural disasters such as tsunamis, hurricanes and earthquakes are messages from a higher being or not?"

.

Yes No Unsure    

%

%

%

   
9/13-14/05

40

51

8

 

 

1/14-15/05

38

53

9

 

 


 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Sept. 9-13, 2005. N=1,167 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling the response to Hurricane Katrina?"

.

Approve Disapprove Unsure    

%

%

%

   
9/9-13/05

46

40

14

   

.

"From what you've seen or heard, was George W. Bush's response to Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath too quick, too slow, or was the timing about right?"

.

Too Quick Too Slow About Right Unsure  

%

%

%

%

 
ALL

1

64

32

3

 
Republicans

1

36

61

2

 
Democrats

2

83

10

5

 
Independents

0

65

32

3

 

.

9/9-13/05

1

65

32

2

 

.

"From what you've seen or heard, how much do you think George W. Bush cares about the needs and problems of people left homeless by Hurricane Katrina: a lot, some, not much, or not at all?"

.

A Lot Some Not Much Not At All Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

9/9-13/05

37

31

19

10

3

.

"From what you've seen or heard, was the response of federal agencies like FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath too quick, too slow, or was the timing  about right?"

.

Too Quick Too Slow About
Right
Unsure  

%

%

%

%

 
9/9-13/05

1

70

23

6

 

.

"What about now? Do you think that NOW federal officials are doing all they could reasonably be expected to do to help the situation, or could they be doing more?"

.

All Could Be
Expected To Do
Could Be
Doing More
Unsure    

%

%

%

   
9/9-13/05

53

40

7

   
9/6-7/05

60

36

4

   

.

"How do you think the federal government's response in the days immediately after the hurricane has affected the United States' image in the rest of the world? Has it made the U.S. image in the rest of the world better, made it worse, or has it had no effect on the U.S. image in the rest of the world?"

.

Better Worse No Effect Unsure  

%

%

%

%

 
9/9-13/05

6

58

27

9

 
9/6-7/05

7

59

27

6

 

.

"As a result of Hurricane Katrina, do you think federal taxes will go up, go down, or stay the same?"

.

Up Down Same Unsure  

%

%

%

%

 
9/9-13/05

73

1

22

4

 

.

"As a result of Hurricane Katrina, do you think the economy will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?"

.

Better Worse Same Unsure  

%

%

%

%

 
9/9-13/05

10

56

32

2

 

.

"Has the government's response to Hurricane Katrina made you more confident in the government's ability to respond to a terrorist attack or natural disaster, less confident in the government's ability to respond to a terrorist attack or natural disaster, or hasn't it affected your opinion?"

.

More
Confident
Less
Confident
No Effect Unsure  

%

%

%

%

 
9/9-13/05

8

56

33

3

 

.

"Would you be willing or not willing to pay more in taxes to help with the recovery from Hurricane Katrina?"

.

Willing Not Willing Unsure    

%

%

%

   
ALL

56

37

7

   
Republicans

47

46

7

   
Democrats

63

30

7

   
Independents

55

37

8

   

.

"Would you be willing or not willing to pay more in taxes to provide job training and housing for people affected by Hurricane Katrina?"

.

Willing Not Willing Unsure    

%

%

%

   
9/9-13/05

62

32

6

   

.

"Would you be willing or not willing to pay more for gasoline to help with the recovery from Hurricane Katrina?"

.

Willing Not Willing Don't
Drive (vol.)
Unsure  

%

%

%

%

 
9/9-13/05

19

76

1

4

 

.

"How much confidence do you have in the Bush Administration's ability to find housing and jobs for the people left homeless by Hurricane Katrina: a lot, some, not much, or none at all?"

.

A Lot Some Not Much None At All Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

9/9-13/05

18

39

26

14

3

.

"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 fact 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  

%

%

%

%

 
9/9-13/05

21

16

59

4

 

.

"Some people say that the fact that some National Guard troops and material are currently in Iraq slowed down the federal government’s response to the hurricane and flooding in New Orleans. Do you think that was a major factor, a minor factor, or not a factor in the government's response in New Orleans?"

.

A Major Factor A Minor Factor Not a Factor Unsure  

%

%

%

%

 
9/9-13/05

24

30

43

3

 
9/6-7/05

23

34

41

2

 

Disasters continued


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