Poll: Some Dissatisfaction With Obama's Oil Spill Response

By Chris Good

The public disapproves of how President Obama has handled the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but not drastically, according to a CNN/Opinion Research poll released today. BP, whose well is spewing oil into the Gulf, polls much, much worse.


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Questions about the administration's response, meanwhile, are persisting. The White House press corps continues to probe Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen. 

On a general note, footage of oil reaching U.S. wetlands was rotated prominently today on cable news. As more oil threatens coastal wildlife, the impact is being felt, visually. Justin Miller asked a few weeks ago whether we really care about the oil spill, suggesting a lack of compelling imagery to lodge it in our public consciousness. Now the imagery is here, and the sense of urgency over this disaster appears to be growing, as the spill remains uncapped.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2010/05/poll-some-dissatisfaction-with-obamas-oil-spill-response/57195/