It took the federal government weeks to begin putting together a plan to deal with the oil spill in the Gulf, as over a dozen federal agencies bickered over the proper chain of command and waited for the White House to provide direction. According to a recent poll conducted by Zogby International, a majority of voters point to the Obama administration as the source of confusion. The Poll was conducted June 25-28 and surveyed 2,061 likely voters.
The Poll asked:
In the Gulf oil spill crisis, the Obama administration has been criticized by some for confusing lines of authority between Homeland Security, the EPA and the Coast Guard. Do you agree or disagree with this criticism?
Overall, 62% of voters agree with criticism that the Obama administration confused the federal response to the oil spill crisis, while only 27% disagree.
Among Independent voters, 64% say the Obama administration was the source of federal confusion, and just 27% disagree.
A majority of those who had to pay taxes last year (62%), as well as a majority of those whose low income or numerous deductions left them with no tax liability last year (61%) agree that the Obama administration confused the response to the oil spill.
Nearly 90% of Tea Party followers and 68% of small business owners say that the White House confused the lines of the federal authority in responding to the oil spill crisis, and only 11% of Tea Party followers and 32% of small business owners disagree.
"When he was campaigning, President Obama strongly denounced anyone who pointed out his glaring lack of executive experience," said Brad O'Leary, publisher of The O'Leary Report. "Now that lack of experience has taken a serious toll on the environment and the livelihoods of citizens along the Gulf Coast."
The Zogby International poll was commissioned by The O'Leary Report newsletter. The Poll surveyed 2,061 voters June 25-28, and has a margin-of-error of plus-or-minus 2.2 percentage points. To view full poll results and crosstabs for today's release, click here or go to www.olearyreport.comBrad O'Leary is publisher of The O'Leary Report, a bestselling author, and is a former NBC Westwood One talk show host