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

             

"How confident are you that BP will fairly compensate those affected by the oil spill in the Gulf: very confident, somewhat confident, not very confident, or not at all confident?"

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

8/20-24/10

10 34 31 22 3
 

7/9-12/10

8 32 33 25 2
             

"From what you know, is the environmental damage caused by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico so severe that the wildlife, like fish and birds, may never recover, OR is the damage severe but the wildlife will eventually recover, OR is the damage not all that severe?"

 
    May never
recover
Eventually
recover
Not all that
severe
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

8/20-24/10

20 71 5 4  
             

"From what you know, is the economic damage caused by the oil spill so severe that the Gulf coast economy, including businesses like fishing and tourism, may never recover, Or is the economic damage severe but the Gulf coast economy will recover, or is the damage not all that severe?"

 
    May never
recover
Eventually
recover
Not all that
severe
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

8/20-24/10

16 79 4 1  
             

"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  

 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media. Aug. 11-16, 2010. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE 4.5.

             

"And please tell me if you approve, disapprove or neither approve nor disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling each of the following issues. How about [see below]?" If unsure: "If you had to choose, do you lean more toward approving or disapproving of the way Barack Obama is handling [see below]?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Neither    
    % % %    
 

"Energy"

 

8/11-16/10

47 43 10    
 

6/9-14/10

52 36 12    
 

5/7-11/10

52 36 11    
 

4/7-12/10

51 36 13    
 
 

"Gas prices"

 

8/11-16/10

39 40 21    
 

6/9-14/10

40 37 23    
 

5/7-11/10

33 47 19    
 

4/7-12/10

33 46 21    
             

"Do you favor, oppose, or neither favor nor oppose increasing drilling for oil and gas in coastal areas around the United States?"

 
    Favor Oppose Neither Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

8/11-16/10

48 36 15 1  
 

6/9-14/10

45 41 13 1  
 

5/7-11/10

50 38 10 1  
             

"Which is more important to you as you think about increasing drilling for oil and gas in coastal areas around the United States? The need for the U.S. to provide its own sources of energy. The need to protect the environment." Options rotated

 
    Need for
U.S. sources
of energy
Need to
protect
environment
Unsure Refused  
    % % % %  
 

8/11-16/10

52 45 2 1  
 

6/9-14/10

50 48 2 -  
 

5/7-11/10

49 47 3 1  
             

"Overall, please tell me whether you approve, disapprove, or neither approve nor disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico." Includes leaners

 
    Approve Disapprove Neither Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

8/11-16/10

50 49 1 1  
 

6/9-14/10

45 52 2 1  
             

"Overall, please tell me whether you approve, disapprove or neither approve nor disapprove of the way BP is handling the oil spill that was caused by the rig it was operating in the Gulf of Mexico." Includes leaners

 
    Approve Disapprove Neither Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

8/11-16/10

33 66 1 1  
 

6/9-14/10

15 83 - 1  
             

"Do you think the federal government's actions in response with [sic] the oil spill have made the situation better, made the situation worse, or have had no real impact on the situation?"

 
    Better Worse No real
impact
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

8/11-16/10

32 25 41 3  
 

6/9-14/10

18 25 56 2  
             

"How much do you think the oil spill will impact you and your family in the next year? Would you say it will impact your family a great deal, a lot, some, only a little, or not at all?"

 
    A great deal A lot Some Only a little Not at all
    % % % % %
 

8/11-16/10

12 9 28 29 21
 

6/9-14/10

21 19 33 18 8
             

"How confident are you that it is safe to eat seafood from the areas in the Gulf that were affected by the oil spill . . . ?"

 
    Extremely
confident
Very
confident
Somewhat
confident
Not too
confident
Not confident
at all
    % % % % %
 

8/11-16/10

5 7 33 24 31
             

"How confident are you that the beaches in the areas in the Gulf that were affected by the oil spill are safe for swimming . . . ?"

 
    Extremely
confident
Very
confident
Somewhat
confident
Not too
confident
Not confident
at all
    % % % % %
 

8/11-16/10

4 9 30 26 29

 

Pew Research/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management. July 29-Aug. 1, 2010. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

             

"In making decisions about America's energy policies, how important is it for Congress and the president to focus on each of the following goals? Do you think [see below] should be a very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important goal of U.S. energy policy?"

 
    Very
important
Somewhat
important
Not too
important
Not at all
important
Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"Keeping energy prices low"

 

7/29 - 8/1/10

69 25 4 2 1
 
 

"Reducing our dependence on foreign energy sources"

 

7/29 - 8/1/10

69 23 5 2 1
 
 

"Creating jobs within the energy sector"

 

7/29 - 8/1/10

64 27 6 3 1
 
 

"Protecting the environment from the effects of energy development and use"

 

7/29 - 8/1/10

61 30 7 2 1
             

"Now I'd like to ask you about some specific energy proposals being considered by Congress. For each, please tell me whether you favor or oppose including this in an energy bill. . . ."
6/10: "... in a comprehensive energy bill. ..."

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Requirements that utilities produce more energy from wind, solar or other renewable sources"

 

7/29 - 8/1/10

78 17 5    
 

6/10-13/10

87 9 4    
 
 

"Expanded exploration and development of coal, oil and gas in the U.S."

 

7/29 - 8/1/10

72 23 5    
 

6/10-13/10

68 26 5    
 
 

"Stricter regulations on oil drilling"

 

7/29 - 8/1/10

69 26 4    
 
 

"Limits on carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions"

 

7/29 - 8/1/10

65 28 7    
 

6/10-13/10

66 29 6    
 
 

"Incentives for increased development of nuclear power"

 

7/29 - 8/1/10

56 36 8    
 

6/10-13/10

50 42 9    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. July 16-21, 2010. N=1,018 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in the Gulf of Mexico?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/16-21/10

45 53 2    
             

"If you had to choose, would you say that the situation in the Gulf of Mexico is under control or is still out of control?"

 
    Under
control
Out of
control
Mixed (vol.)    
    % % %    
 

7/16-21/10

33 65 2    
 

6/16/10

7 92 1    
             

"And thinking about how things are going in the Gulf of Mexico, would you say that the situation is getting better, that it has stabilized but is not getting better, or that it is getting worse?"

 
    Better Stabilized Worse    
    % % %    
 

7/16-21/10

24 58 18    
 

6/16/10

14 38 48    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. July 7-11, 2010. N=1,288 adults nationwide. MoE 3.5.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/7-11/10

41 53 5    
             

"Do you support or oppose the current six-month ban on new offshore oil drilling while authorities investigate the cause of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/7-11/10

56 39 5    
             

"After this period, do you think the amount of offshore drilling in U.S. coastal waters should be increased, decreased, or kept about the same as it's been?"

 
    Increased Decreased Kept about
the same
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

7/7-11/10

21 31 44 2 2
             

"How would you rate the federal government's overall response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico: excellent, good, not so good or poor?"

 
    Excellent Good Not so good Poor Unsure
    % % % % %
 

7/7-11/10

4 30 32 33 1
 

6/3-6/10

2 26 37 32 3
             

"How would you rate the oil company BP's overall response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico: excellent, good, not so good or poor?"

 
    Excellent Good Not so good Poor Unsure
    % % % % %
 

7/7-11/10

2 17 31 48 1
 

6/3-6/10

1 15 27 54 3
             

"Do you think the federal government should or should not pursue criminal charges against BP and other companies involved in the oil spill?"

 
    Should Should not Depends/Too
soon (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

7/7-11/10

56 34 6 4  
 

6/3-6/10

64 28 4 4  
             

"From what you've seen and heard, do you think that the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a major environmental disaster, a serious environmental problem but not a disaster, or is it not too serious an environmental problem?"

 
    Major
disaster
Serious
problem
Not too
serious
   
    % % %    
 

7/7-11/10

68 28 3    
 

6/3-6/10

73 25 2    
             

"How would you describe your feelings about the spill? Are you angry about it, upset but not angry, concerned but not upset, or not concerned?"

 
    Angry Upset Concerned Not concerned  
    % % % %  
 

7/7-11/10

35 29 33 2  

 

Fox News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. June 29-30, 2010. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of how the Obama administration is dealing with the oil spill in the Gulf Coast?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/29-30/10

41 52 7    
 

6/8-9/10

38 51 11    
 

5/18-19/10

44 36 20    
 

5/4-5/10

50 29 21    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of how British Petroleum, or BP -- the oil company in charge of the oil rig -- is dealing with the oil spill in the Gulf Coast?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/29-30/10

19 73 8    
 

6/8-9/10

13 79 8    
             

"Do you think the federal government is doing everything it can to stop the oil leak and clean up the damage in the Gulf, or is there more the government could be doing?"

 
    Doing all
it can
Could be
doing more
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/29-30/10

24 69 7    
             

"Do you think BP -- the company in charge of the oil rig -- is doing everything it can to stop the oil leak and clean up the damage in the Gulf, or is there more BP could be doing?"

 
    Doing all
it can
Could be
doing more
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/29-30/10

23 70 7    

 

Marist College Marist Poll. June 17-24, 2010. N=813 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.5.

             

"Would you say President Barack Obama's response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is better, worse or about the same as President George Bush's response to Hurricane Katrina?"

 
    Better Worse Same Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/17-24/10

37 23 34 6  
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of how President Barack Obama is handling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/17-24/10

46 53 1    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of how the oil company BP is handling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/17-24/10

17 83 1    
             

"Do you support or oppose a moratorium on drilling for new oil supplies in currently protected areas off shore, that is, do you support or oppose temporarily suspending new offshore drilling?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/17-24/10

46 45 9    

 

Gallup Poll. June 19-20, 2010. N=1,046 adults nationwide, interviewed via Gallup Daily tracking. MoE 4.

             

"Turning back to Barack Obama, do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/19-20/10

44 48 9    
 

6/5-6/10

40 46 13    
             

"Next, do you approve or disapprove of the way the oil company BP is handling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/19-20/10

16 76 8    

 

Pew Research/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management. June 17-20, 2010. N=1,009 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

             

"How would you rate the job the Obama administration has been doing responding to the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico? . . ."

 
    Excellent Good Only fair Poor Unsure
    % % % % %
 

6/17-20/10

8 25 29 35 4
 

5/20-23/10

7 24 31 26 12
             

"How would you rate the job B.P. has been doing responding to the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico? . . ."
5/10: "How would you rate the job B.P. -- the oil company that operated the oil rig -- has been doing responding to the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico? . . ."

 
    Excellent Good Only fair Poor Unsure
    % % % % %
 

6/17-20/10

2 16 28 49 5
 

5/20-23/10

3 16 26 44 11
 

5/6-9/10

5 19 36 27 13

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. June 16-20, 2010. N=1,259 adults nationwide (MoE 3). An oversample of residents in coastal counties of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi was conducted, for a total of 318 interviews (MoE 6). The results were then weighted in proportion to the adult population.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

43 47 10    
 

Republicans

22 66 12    
 

Democrats

63 29 8    
 

Independents

39 52 9    
             

"From what you've seen and heard, how long do you think it will take BP to stop the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico: a few more weeks, about a month or so, several months, about a year, longer than that, or don't you think BP will ever be able to stop the flow of oil into the Gulf?"

 
      %      
 

A few weeks 

4      
 

About a month or so 

14      
 

Several months 

48      
 

About a year 

10      
 

Longer than a year

6      
 

Won't ever be able to stop 

7      
 

Depends (vol.) 

1      
 

Unsure 

10      
             

"From what you know, is the environmental damage caused by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico so severe that wildlife, like fish and birds may never recover, OR is the damage severe but the wildlife will eventually recover, OR is the damage not all that severe?"

 
    May never
recover
Will
recover
Not all that
severe
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

Nationwide

29 66 1 4  
 

Gulf coast

26 69 1 4  
             

"From what you know, is the economic damage caused by the oil spill so severe that the Gulf coast economy, including businesses like tourism and fishing, may never recover, OR is the economic damage severe but the Gulf coast economy will eventually recover, OR is the damage not all that severe?"

 
    May never
recover
Will
recover
Not all that
severe
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

Nationwide

17 79 1 3  
 

Gulf coast

22 72 2 4  

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. June 16, 2010. N=534 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way that Barack Obama has handled the oil spill off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/16/10

41 59 -    
 

5/21-23/10

46 51 3    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way that the oil company called BP has handled the oil spill off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/16/10

13 87 -    
 

5/21-23/10

24 76 1    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way that the federal government in general has handled the oil spill off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/16/10

25 74 1    
             

"Do you think the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will directly affect you and your family, indirectly affect you and your family, or not affect you and your family at all?"

 
    Directly
affect
Indirectly
affect
Not affect    
    % % %    
 

6/16/10

42 47 11    
 

5/21-23/10

31 53 16    
             

"Do you think the Gulf of Mexico will ever completely recover from the effects of the oil spill?"

 
    Will recover Will not      
    % %      
 

6/16/10

51 49      
             

"Do you think President Obama has been too tough, about right, or not tough enough in dealing with BP in regards to the oil spill?"

 
    Too tough About right Not tough
enough
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/16/10

5 26 67 2  
             

"Would you say that you are very confident, fairly confident, not very confident, or not confident at all that the federal government will be able to do each of the following? . . ."

 
    Very
confident
Fairly
confident
Not very
confident
Not at all
confident
Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"Prevent another oil spill like the one in the Gulf of Mexico"

 

6/16/10

9 32 34 24 -
 
 

"Restore the Gulf of Mexico to the same condition it was in before the oil spill"

 

6/16/10

8 23 35 33 1
 
 

"Make sure that BP will pay for all the damage that it has caused in the Gulf of Mexico"

 

6/16/10

18 29 32 21 -
 
 

"Reduce the country's dependence on oil for its energy needs"

 

6/16/10

12 24 36 27 -
             

"Please tell me whether you approve or disapprove of each of the following actions by the federal government. . . ."

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Creating a fund of billions of dollars to compensate workers and businesses that have been affected by the oil spill that would be paid by BP but administered by a neutral party"

 

6/16/10

82 18 -    
 
 

"Increasing the amount of federal regulation of the oil industry in this country"

 

6/16/10

68 31 1    
 
 

"Changing the law so there is no limit to the amount of money BP must pay"

 

6/16/10

63 36 1    
 
 

"Suspending all new drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico and other offshore sites for six months"

 

6/16/10

58 41 -    
 
 

"Filing criminal charges against employees and executives at BP"

 

6/16/10

53 46 1    
             

"Who do you trust more to improve the situation in the Gulf of Mexico: BP, or the federal government?"

 
    BP Federal
government
Both equal
(vol.)
Neither  
    % % % %  
 

6/16/10

32 54 2 12  
             

"What do you think BP's top priority should be: cleaning up oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and paying for the damage that the oil spill has caused, or protecting the interests of its investors and employees by making sure BP stays in business and makes a profit?"

 
    Cleaning up
oil spill
Making a
profit
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/16/10

92 7 1    
             

"And just your best guess, what do you think BP's top priority will be: cleaning up oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and paying for the damage that the oil spill has caused, or protecting the interests of its investors and employees by making sure BP stays in business and makes a profit?"

 
    Cleaning up
oil spill
Making a
profit
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/16/10

32 67 1    
             

"Did you happen to watch or listen to any of Obama's speech on the oil spill on Tuesday night, or not?"

 
    Yes No      
    % %      
 

6/16/10

32 68      
             
 

Among respondents who watched or listened (MoE 6.5):
"What was your overall reaction to President Obama's speech: very positive, somewhat positive, somewhat negative, or very negative?"

 
    Very
positive
Somewhat
positive
Somewhat
negative
Very
negative
Mixed (vol.)
    % % % % %
 

6/16/10

25 28 25 22 1
             

"Based on what you have read or heard, do you favor or oppose Barack Obama's proposals to develop alternative sources of energy and reduce the amount of oil and other fossil fuels that are produced and used in this country?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/16/10

72 25 4    
             

"Do you think that proposals to develop alternative sources of energy and reduce the amount of oil and other fossil fuels that are produced and used in this country would increase or decrease the number of jobs in the United States?"

 
    Increase Decrease No change
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/16/10

69 27 2 1  
             

"Do you think that proposals to develop alternative sources of energy and reduce the amount of oil and other fossil fuels that are produced and used in this country would make life better or worse for the next generation of Americans?"

 
    Better Worse No change
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/16/10

79 19 1 1  

 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media. June 9-14, 2010. N=1,044 adults nationwide. MoE 4.3.

             

"Overall, please tell me whether you approve, disapprove, or neither approve nor disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico."

 
    Approve Disapprove Neither Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/9-14/10

39 48 13 1  
 

5/7-11/10

42 33 21 4  
             

"Overall, please tell me whether you approve, disapprove or neither approve nor disapprove of the way BP is handling the oil spill that was caused by the rig it was operating in the Gulf of Mexico."
5/10: "Overall, please tell me whether you approve, disapprove or neither approve nor disapprove of the way British Petroleum is handling the oil spill that was caused by the rig it was operating in the Gulf of Mexico."

 
    Approve Disapprove Neither Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/9-14/10

14 81 4 1  
 

5/7-11/10

32 49 15 4  
             

"I'm going to read some ways that people have been feeling about the disaster caused by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and I'd like you to tell me whether the statement represents your very deepest feeling, a feeling that was somewhat deep, whether the statement crossed your mind, or whether it never occurred to you. . . ."

 
    Very
deepest
Somewhat
deep
Crossed
mind
Never
occurred
Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"Felt angry that the leak is being fixed so slowly"

 

6/9-14/10

54 20 17 9 -
 
 

"Felt ashamed that this could happen in our country"

 

6/9-14/10

32 16 20 31 1
 
 

"Wondered whether the government could really help you if you became a victim of a disaster"

 

6/9-14/10

30 16 25 29 -
 
 

"Felt the government would have responded faster if the spill had happened in another part of the country"

 

6/9-14/10

16 9 17 57 1
 
 

"Were worried about how this disaster might affect your own life, job and future"

 

6/9-14/10

25 16 24 35 -
 
 

"Felt less safe than you did before the spill"

 

6/9-14/10

17 15 19 49 1
 
 

"Wished you didn't have to hear any more news about the disaster"

 

6/9-14/10

19 16 24 42 1
 
 

"Felt less confident in the government's ability to regulate what companies are doing to the environment"

 

6/9-14/10

30 23 26 21 1
 
 

"Felt surprised that technology didn't exist to quickly stop the leak"

 

6/9-14/10

44 19 20 16 1
             

"Do you think the Gulf region will be feeling the effects of this oil spill for a long time, or do you think the effects will only last for a short amount of time?"

 
    Long time Short amount
of time
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/9-14/10

89 10 1    
             

"For how long do you think the Gulf region will be feeling the effects of the oil spill? Would you say a year or less, more than a year but less than two years, more than two years but less than five years, more than five years but less than 10 years, or more than 10 years?"

 
    A year
or less
Between
1 & 2 years
Between
2 & 5 years
Between
5 & 10 years
More than
10 years
    % % % % %
 

6/9-14/10

3 13 21 23 40

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. June 11-13, 2010. N=1,014 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

             

"Would you favor or oppose Congress passing new legislation this year that would do the following? How about regulate energy output from private companies in an attempt to reduce global warming?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/11-13/10

56 40 4    
             

"How would you rate the job each of the following has done in responding to the oil spill -- as very good, good, poor or very poor? How about [see below]?" N=515 (Form A), MoE 5

 
    Very good Good Poor Very poor Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"President Barack Obama"

 

6/11-13/10

11 33 29 24 3
 

5/24-25/10

11 32 34 19 4
             
 

"British Petroleum, or BP, the company that operated the oil rig that is leaking oil"

 

6/11-13/10

2 16 32 49 1
 

5/24-25/10

6 18 34 39 3
             

"How much do you blame each of the following for the oil spill: a great deal, a fair amount, not much, or not at all? How about [see below]?" N=499 (Form B), MoE 5

 
    Great deal Fair amount Not much Not at all Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"British Petroleum, or BP, the company that operated the oil rig that is leaking oil"

 

6/11-13/10

75 17 4 2 2
             
 

"Federal agencies that regulate oil drilling"

 

6/11-13/10

44 37 9 7 3
             

"Do you think President Obama has been too tough, about right, or not tough enough in dealing with BP in regards to the oil spill?" N=515 (Form A), MoE 5

 
    Too tough About right Not tough
enough
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/11-13/10

3 20 71 6  
             

"As you may know, BP is currently in charge of the efforts to control the oil spill and its effects on the ocean and coastal areas. Do you think the federal government should take over these efforts, or should BP continue to be in charge?" N=499 (Form B), MoE 5

 
    Federal
government
BP Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/11-13/10

45 49 6    
             

"Which comes closer to your view? BP should pay for all financial losses resulting from the oil spill -- including wages of workers out of work because of the oil spill -- even if it drives the company out of business. OR, BP should pay for as much of the financial losses resulting from the oil spill as it can afford while still remaining a viable company." Options rotated

 
    Pay for all,
even if it
goes out of
business
Pay what it
can while
remaining
viable
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/11-13/10

59 38 3    
             

"Thinking about possible effects of the oil spill, please tell me whether you think each of the following will or will not happen. How about [see below]?"

 
    Will Will not Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"The U.S. economy will be hurt"

 

6/11-13/10

83 15 2    
 
 

"Gas prices will increase for Americans"

 

6/11-13/10

79 19 2    
 
 

"Food prices will increase for Americans"

 

6/11-13/10

79 18 2    
             

"Just your best guess, how many years do you think it will be before all the beaches that are affected by the oil spill fully recover, or do you think some beaches will never fully recover from the oil spill?" Open-ended

 
      %      
 

1 year or less 

3      
 

2-3 years 

7      
 

4-5 years 

12      
 

6-10 years 

11      
 

More than 10 years 

16      
 

Some will never fully recover

49      
 

Unsure

3      
             

"Just your best guess, how many years do you think it will be before all the species of wildlife, including fish and birds, affected by the oil spill will return to their normal levels, or do you think some species of wildlife will never return to their normal levels after the oil spill?" Open-ended

 
      %      
 

1 year or less 

2      
 

2-3 years 

5      
 

4-5 years 

10      
 

6-10 years 

9      
 

More than 10 years 

13      
 

Some will never return to normal

59      
 

Unsure

3      

 

Ipsos/McClatchy Poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. June 10-13, 2010. N=1,071 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"Some people believe that offshore drilling is necessary so that America can produce its own energy and not depend on other countries for oil. Other people believe that offshore drilling is a bad idea because of the risks to the environment. Which of these comes closer to your view?" Options rotated

 
    Necessary A bad idea Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/10-13/10

62 32 5    
 

5/6-9/10

60 35 4    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling the oil spill? Would you say that you strongly approve, tend to approve, neither approve nor disapprove, tend to disapprove, or strongly disapprove?"

 
    Strongly
approve
Tend to
approve
Neither
approve nor
disapprove
Tend to
disapprove
Strongly
disapprove
    % % % % %
 

6/10-13/10

15 18 21 14 27

 

Pew Research/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management. June 10-13, 2010. N=1,010 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

             

"Right now, which ONE of the following do you think should be the more important priority for U.S. energy policy: keeping energy prices low or protecting the environment?" Options rotated

 
    Energy prices Environment Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/10-13/10

37 56 8    
             

"When it comes to the U.S. policy about offshore oil and gas drilling in U.S. waters, do you think the government should expand offshore drilling, continue existing offshore drilling but ban new drilling, or ban all offshore drilling?" Options rotated

 
    Expand Continue
existing,
ban new
Ban all Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/10-13/10

31 35 22 12  
             

"How much if anything, have you heard about each of the following? Have you heard a lot, a little or nothing at all? Congressional debate over energy and environmental policy."

 
    A lot A little Nothing    
    % % %    
 

6/10-13/10

18 51 31    
             

"Now I'd like to ask you about some specific energy proposals being considered by Congress. For each, please tell me whether you favor or oppose including this in a comprehensive energy bill. Tougher efficiency standards for buildings and major appliances."

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/10-13/10

78 17 5    
             

"Thinking about the regulation of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, whose judgment do you trust more when it comes to deciding whether the United States should regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases: the Obama administration or Republicans in Congress?" Options rotated

 
    Obama
administration
Republicans
in Congress
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
    % % % % %
 

6/10-13/10

42 33 1 15 10

 

Fox News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. June 8-9, 2010. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"Do you favor or oppose increasing offshore drilling for oil and gas in U.S. coastal areas?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/8-9/10

44 48 8    
 

5/18-19/10

54 38 8    
 

5/4-5/10

60 33 7    
 

4/6-7/10

70 22 8    
             

"Do you think the Obama administration could have done more and taken action more quickly when responding to the oil spill, or do you think the administration did as much as it could as fast as it could?"

 
    Could have
done more
Did as much
as it could
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/8-9/10

57 37 6    
             

"Do you think President Obama is spending too much time, too little time, or about the right amount of time on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?"

 
    Too much Too little About right Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/8-9/10

4 40 45 10  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 3-6, 2010. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE 3.5.

             

"To address the country's energy needs, would you support or oppose action by the federal government to [see below]?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Increase oil and gas drilling"

 

6/3-6/10

52 45 3    
 

8/13-17/09

64 33 3    
 

5/31 - 6/3/01

67 29 3    
 
 

"Build more nuclear power plants" Half sample

 

6/3-6/10

49 46 5    
 

8/13-17/09

52 46 2    
 

5/31 - 6/3/01

46 51 3    
 
 

"Develop more solar and wind power" Half sample

 

6/3-6/10

87 11 3    
 

8/13-17/09

91 8 1    
 

5/31 - 6/3/01

90 8 2    
             

"Now thinking specifically about oil drilling in U.S. coastal waters, do you think the amount of offshore drilling should be increased, decreased, or kept about the same as now?"

 
    Increased Decreased Kept about
the same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/3-6/10

25 31 41 3  
             

"For each of the following, how much blame, if any, do you think it deserves for the oil spill: a great deal, a good amount, just some or none at all? How about [see below]?"

 
    Great deal Good amount Just some None at all Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"Weak federal regulations on offshore oil drilling"

 

6/3-6/10

35 20 31 10 4
 
 

"Inadequate enforcement of existing regulations"

 

6/3-6/10

40 22 25 8 4
 
 

"Unnecessary risks taken by BP and its drilling partners"

 

6/3-6/10

55 18 17 6 4
             

"How much confidence do you have in the federal government to make the right decisions in dealing with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico: a great deal, a good amount, just some or none at all?" Half sample

 
    Great deal Good amount Just some None at all Unsure
    % % % % %
 

6/3-6/10

10 17 45 28 1
             

"How much confidence do you have in the oil company BP to make the right decisions in dealing with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico: a great deal, a good amount, just some or none at all?" Half sample

 
    Great deal Good amount Just some None at all Unsure
    % % % % %
 

6/3-6/10

9 11 37 42 1
             

"Do you think the spill is an isolated incident or do you think it reflects a broader problem with offshore drilling?" Options rotated

 
    Isolated
incident
Broader
problem
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/3-6/10

46 49 4    

 

CBS News Poll. June 1-3, 2010. N=960 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"Would you favor allowing increased drilling for oil and natural gas off the U.S. coast, or do you think the costs and risks are too great?"

 
    Favor Costs, risks
too great
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/1-3/10

40 51 9    
 

5/20-24/10

45 46 9    
 

5/6-9/10

46 41 13    
 

8/15-19/08

62 28 10    
             

"How much have you heard or read about the collapsed oil platform and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico: a lot, some, not much, or nothing at all yet?"

 
    A lot Some Not much Nothing Unsure
    % % % % %
 

6/1-3/10

67 23 8 1 1
 

5/6-9/10

56 29 10 4 1
             

"Do you think the recent oil platform collapse and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is most likely an isolated incident, or mostly an indication of a broader problem with offshore drilling?"

 
    Isolated
incident
Broader
problem
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/1-3/10

45 45 10    
 

5/6-9/10

51 35 14    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Obama administration is handling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/1-3/10

38 44 18    
 

5/20-24/10

35 45 20    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way BP, the company that owned the oil rig, is handling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?"
5/10: "Do you approve or disapprove of the way BP, the company that operated the oil rig, is handling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/1-3/10

21 68 11    
 

5/20-24/10

18 70 12    
             

"Do you think BP is doing all it can to try to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, or should it be doing more?"

 
    Doing all
it can
Should be
doing more
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/1-3/10

24 70 6    
             

"Do you think the Obama administration is doing all it can to try to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, or should it be doing more?"

 
    Doing all
it can
Should be
doing more
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/1-3/10

28 63 9    
             

"From what you've seen and heard, do you think BP will be successful in stopping the flow of oil caused by the oil platform collapse in the Gulf of Mexico -- or do you think they will not be successful?"

 
    Successful Not
successful
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/1-3/10

56 29 5 10  
             
 

Among those who said "successful":
"Do you think BP will be able to stop the flow of oil in the Gulf of Mexico within the next few weeks, within the next few months, or will it take longer than that?"

 
    Next few
weeks
Next few
months
Longer
than that
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/1-3/10

32 49 14 5  

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. May 24-25, 2010. N=1,049 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

             

"Do you favor or oppose increasing offshore drilling for oil and gas in U.S. coastal areas?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/24-25/10

50 46 4    
             

"Do you favor or oppose increasing offshore drilling for oil and gas in U.S. coastal areas?" If oppose: "Do you oppose any drilling for oil and gas in U.S. coastal areas, or do you only oppose increased drilling for oil and gas beyond what is currently being done?" Combined responses

 
    Favor
increased
drilling
Oppose
increased
drilling only
Oppose
any drilling
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/24-25/10

50 27 19 4  
             

"Next, how closely are you following the news about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"

 
    Very closely Somewhat
closely
Not too
closely
Not at all  
    % % % %  
 

5/24-25/10

47 40 9 5  
             

"How would you rate the job each of the following has done in responding to the oil spill -- as very good, good, poor or very poor? How about [see below]?"

 
    Very good Good Poor Very poor Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"The federal government"

 

5/24-25/10

5 30 39 21 4
             

"Who do you think should be in charge of efforts to contain the spill and to clean up the oil already spilled: BP or the federal government?" Options rotated

 
    BP Federal
government
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/24-25/10

68 28 4    
             

"Just your best guess, which comes closest to your view of the impact of this oil spill in the long run? It will be the worst environmental disaster in the U.S. in at least 100 years. It will be a disaster but not the worst environmental disaster in the U.S. in the last 100 years. It will be a major problem but not a disaster. OR, It will be a minor problem." Options rotated

 
    Worst
disaster
in at least
100 years
Disaster, but
not worst
in at least
100 years
Major
problem
but not a
disaster
Minor
problem
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/24-25/10

37 35 23 3 2

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. May 19-24, 2010. N=1,914 registered voters nationwide. MoE 2.2.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/19-24/10

39 42 19    
             

"To help solve the energy crisis and make America less dependent on foreign oil, do you support or oppose drilling for new oil supplies in currently protected areas off shore?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/19-24/10

53 40 7    
 

8/12-17/08

62 32 6    
             

"Does the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico make you less likely to support drilling for new oil supplies in currently protected areas off shore or not?"

 
    Less likely Not less
likely
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/19-24/10

44 49 7    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. May 21-23, 2010. N=1,023 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"In your opinion, how serious is the problem of possible damage to the environment as a result of offshore drilling for oil and natural gas? Is it very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious or not at all serious?" N=499 (Form B), MoE 4.5

 
    Very
serious
Somewhat
serious
Not too
serious
Not at all
serious
 
    % % % %  
 

5/21-23/10

55 28 11 6  
             

"From what you have seen and heard, do you think the efforts to control the spill and prevent it from spreading further will be successful or unsuccessful?"

 
    Successful Unsuccessful Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/21-23/10

46 53 1    
             

"As a result of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, are you less likely to buy gasoline from a BP station, or has the oil spill not affected your decision about which gas station you will use when you buy gasoline?"

 
    Less likely Has not
affected
More likely
(vol.)
   
    % % %    
 

5/21-23/10

28 70 2    

 

Pew Research/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management. May 20-23, 2010. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

             

"Please tell me if you think the REPUBLICAN Party or the DEMOCRATIC Party could do a better job in each of the following areas. Which party could do a better job of dealing with the nation's energy problems?"

 
    Republican
Party
Democratic
Party
Both equally
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/20-23/10

28 35 10 12 15
 

4/21-26/10

32 40 8 9 12
 

2/3-9/10

32 44 8 6 10

 

Fox News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. May 18-19, 2010. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"All in all, which disaster do you think will cause more damage: Hurricane Katrina or the oil spill in the Gulf Coast?"

 
    Katrina Oil spill Both
equally (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/18-19/10

36 50 6 9  
             

"Do you think the oil spill will help or hurt the nation's economy, or will it not make much of a difference?"

 
    Help Hurt Not much
difference
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/18-19/10

2 69 26 3  

 

Ipsos/McClatchy Poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. May 6-9, 2010. N=1,016 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

             

"As I read some possible government policies to address America's energy supply, tell me whether you would favor or oppose each. First, would you favor or oppose the government [see below]?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Increasing federal funding for research on wind, solar and hydrogen technology"

 

5/6-9/10

73 17 10    
 
 

"Spending more on subway, rail and bus systems"

 

5/6-9/10

63 24 13    
 
 

"Allowing more offshore oil and gas drilling in U.S. waters"

 

5/6-9/10

49 38 12    
 
 

"Promoting the increased use of nuclear power"

 

5/6-9/10

46 39 15    

 

Pew Research Center survey. May 6-9, 2010. N=994 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

             

"Thinking again about Barack Obama: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/6-9/10

38 36 26    
 

Republicans

18 54 28    
 

Democrats

53 23 24    
 

Independents

37 38 25    
             

"How would you rate the job the federal government has been doing responding to the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico? . . ."

 
    Excellent Good Only fair Poor Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/6-9/10

4 29 35 19 13
             

"How would you rate the job B.P. -- the oil company that operated the oil rig -- has been doing responding to the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico? . . ."

 
    Excellent Good Only fair Poor Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/6-9/10

5 19 36 27 13
             

"In your opinion, did President Obama do all he could to get the government's response to the oil leak going quickly or do you think he could have done more?"

 
    Did all he
could
Could have
done more
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/6-9/10

36 47 17    
             

"From what you've seen and heard, do you think that the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is a major environmental disaster, a serious environmental problem but not a disaster, or is it not too serious an environmental problem?"

 
    Major
disaster
Serious
problem
Not too
serious
Too soon to
tell (vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/6-9/10

55 37 4 1 3
             

"From what you've seen and heard, do you think the efforts to control the spill and prevent it from spreading further will be successful or unsuccessful?"

 
    Successful Unsuccessful Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/6-9/10

51 29 20    
             

"Do you think oil spills like the one in the Gulf of Mexico are unavoidable if the United States is going to get an adequate supply of energy, or don't you think so?"

 
    Unavoidable Don't think so Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/6-9/10

41 45 14    

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