[Mb-civic] Bush's Approval Rating Drops To New Low in Wake of Storm
swiggard at comcast.net
Tue Sep 13 03:55:04 PDT 2005
Bush's Approval Rating Drops To New Low in Wake of Storm
He Says Race Didn't Affect Efforts; Blacks in Poll Disagree
By Michael A. Fletcher and Richard Morin
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, September 13, 2005; Page A08
Touring devastated portions of New Orleans yesterday, President Bush
sought to reassure the public that the government is responding to
Hurricane Katrina with equity and dispatch, even as his standing hit
record lows amid broad support for an independent investigation of the
federal response to the storm.
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll found that clear majorities of
Americans disapprove of the way officials at all levels of government
are handling the recovery from Katrina. A 54 percent majority
disapproved of Bush's response to Katrina, while an even larger majority
-- 57 percent -- say state and local officials should bear
responsibility for the problems.
Attitudes toward Bush and the government's overall response to Hurricane
Katrina fracture along clear racial lines. Nearly three in four whites
doubted the federal government would have responded more quickly to
those trapped in New Orleans if they had been wealthier and white rather
than poorer and black, the poll found. But an equal share of blacks
disagreed, saying help would have come sooner if the victims had been
more affluent whites.
More than six in 10 blacks -- 63 percent -- said the problems with the
hurricane relief effort are an indication of continuing racial inequity
in this country, a view rejected by more than seven in 10 whites,
according to the poll.
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
More information about the Mb-civic