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Poll: Only 16% are angry about Gulf Coast reconstruction

According to a new poll, only 5% are pleased with the way the rebuilding is going. 26% are "satisfied, but not pleased". 43% are "dissatisfied, but not angry".
And, in the smartie category, 16% are angry.
Their opinion of Bush's handling of the crisis has fallen from 44% in September to just 32%.
Only 15% think Bush has a clear plan to find homes and jobs for the victims.
Much more in the PDF file.
UPDATE: Did CBS heavily skew the poll respondents towards Democrats and independents in order to get a desired result?

Bush popularity plunges; 2% among blacks

Just how far down is the Bush administration and the GOP leadership dragging the Republican party?

In what may turn out to be one of the biggest free-falls in the history of presidential polling, President Bush's job-approval rating among African Americans has dropped to 2 percent, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.
The drop among blacks drove Bush's overall job approval ratings to an all-time low of 39 percent in this poll. By comparison, 45 percent of whites and 36 percent of Hispanics approve of the job Bush is doing.

Maybe he might consider doing the American thing for a change rather than the un-American thing.
UPDATE: There were only 88 blacks in the survey, making the 2% figure highly questionable.

7 in 10 approve of Bush's Rita response

According to CNN-USA Today-Gallup, 70% approve of Bush's response to Rita. That contrasts with 40% who approved of his response to Katrina.
His overall job approval rating is 45% according to both that and a recent Fox poll.


AP Ipsos poll on government response, refugees, race relations...

Let me summarize this poll, using numbers where they only provide "about a third", etc.:
feds prepared: 28%
numbers saying feds not prepared:
74% women
83% non-whites
86% Dems
75% not concerned about refugees increasing crime or unemployment
improve race relations? 20%
make worse? 33%
(no difference between whites and blacks)


SurveyUSA: Bush's "can't win" dynamic

From 9/16 to 9/18 (three days after Bush's speech), Survey USA conducted a poll:

...The number of Americans who now approve of the President's response to Hurricane Katrina is down: 40% today compared to 42% before he announced the Gulf Opportunity Zone.
The number of Americans who disapprove of the President's response to Katrina is up: 56% today compared to 52% before the speech.
Bush went from "Minus 10" on his Response to Katrina before the speech to "Minus 16" today.
One way to make sense of these numbers is to look at the number of Americans who today say the Federal Government is doing "too much" for Katrina victims. That's up to 16% today, more than triple what the number has been on 7 of the 19 days that SurveyUSA has conducted daily tracking since the storm.
[...there's a "damned if he does, and damned if he doesn't" dynamic in the difference between responses between blacks and whites...]
41% of Americans today say that the city of New Orleans should be rebuilt with "private money," the highest that number has been in the 19 days since the storm. The number of Americans who today say New Orleans should be rebuilt with "public money" is 27%, as low as it has been in 19 days of daily tracking.

SurveyUSA: Barbour, Riley, Easley, Perdue and Perry up, Blanco down

From this:

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour-R went up 26 points in "Net Job Approval" from August to September, the largest increase of any of 6 Governors directly affected by hurricanes in the past month, and the largest increase of any Governor in the country, according to 50 separate but concurrent public opinion polls released today by SurveyUSA.
Barbour went from a Minus 7 Net Job Approval in August to a Plus 19 Net Job Approval today, a 26-point increase. Net Job Approval is calculated by taking the number of state residents who Approve of a Governor's performance and subtracting the number who Disapprove.
4 other Governors affected by hurricanes also surged:
-- Alabama's Bob Riley-R went from Net Zero in August to Plus 21 today, a 21-point increase.
-- North Carolina's Mike Easley-D went from Plus 15 in August to Plus 34 today, a 19-point increase. (NC was hit by Ophelia in the days immediately prior to these interviews.)
-- Georgia' Sonny Perdue-R went from Plus 9 in August to Plus 27 today, an 18-point increase.
-- Texas' Rick Perry-R went from Minus 13 in August to Plus 4 today, a 17-point increase.

Meanwhile, Blanco had a 22-point drop.

Bush down in polls

Fox: 41% approve, 51% disapprove (conducted Sep 13 and 14)
And, from a poll taken after Bush's big speech:
35% say Bush has done a good or excellent job
41% say poor
He was doing better before the speech, but that might have a turnaround as the propaganda is cranked up.
Anyone want to provide more information?

Poll: why some didn't leave

From "Some of the Uprooted Won't Go Home Again":

...The survey also provides disquieting clues as to why so many residents remained in New Orleans to face Hurricane Katrina despite orders to evacuate. A third of those who stayed said they never heard the mandatory order to evacuate issued by the mayor the day before the storm hit. Somewhat fewer -- 28 percent -- said they heard the order but did not understand what they were to do. Thirty-six percent acknowledged they heard the order, understood it but did not leave. In hindsight, 56 percent said they could have evacuated, while 42 percent said it was impossible.
Bad decisions, bad luck or sheer stubbornness kept many in town. More than a third said the single biggest reason they did not leave was that they thought the storm would not be as bad as it was, or they decided too late to flee. One in 10 simply did not want to leave. Slightly fewer stayed behind to protect their homes from damage or theft. A handful said they did not want to leave pets...


Some evacuees won't go back; diaspora?

From "Some of the Uprooted Won't Go Home Again":

Fewer than half of all New Orleans evacuees living in emergency shelters here said they will move back home, while two-thirds of those who want to relocate planned to settle permanently in the Houston area, according to a survey by The Washington Post, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health...
The poll vividly documents the immediate and dramatic changes that Hurricane Katrina has brought to two major American cities. It also suggests that what may be occurring is a massive -- and, perhaps, permanent -- transfer of a block of poor people from one city to another. That may have social, economic and political consequences that will be felt for decades, if not generations, in both communities...
Forty-three percent of these evacuees planned to return to New Orleans, the survey found. But just as many -- 44 percent -- said they will settle somewhere else, while the remainder were unsure. Many of those who were planning to return said they will be looking to buy or rent somewhere other than where they lived. Overall, only one in four said they plan to move back into their old homes, the poll found...
...A total of 680 randomly selected evacuees living temporarily in the Astrodome, Reliant Center and George R. Brown Convention Center, as well as five Red Cross shelters in the Houston area, were interviewed Sept. 10 to 12 for this Post-Kaiser-Harvard survey...
...According to the poll, six in 10 evacuees had family incomes of less than $20,000 last year. Half have children younger than 18. One in eight was unemployed when the storm hit. Seven in 10 said they have no insurance to cover their losses. Fully half have no health insurance. Four in 10 suffer from heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or are physically disabled....

"Confused About Poll, ABC Skips How More Blame Locals Than Bush"

For the head-spinning numbers, links, analysis, and much more, go here.


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