The overwhelming majority of New Yorkers (92 percent) said the President would have reacted to Katrina promptly if the storm had hit during an election year.
Nationwide on 2 and 3 September the tide against President Bush's handling of hurricane Katrina's aftermath grew considerably; however, at it highest negative rate, only 68 percent said "the government isn't doing enough," with 40 percent specifically approving of the way in which the president has helped New Orleans reported by Gallup and CNN. In a poll by ABC on 2 September 48 percent the federal government’s response to Katrina was either excellent or good, and 52 percent said it was not good or poor.
Think & Ask queried 378 voters 9 percent of which say they voted for President Bush in 2004, 3 percent declined to say. N=378 adults in New York City. M/of/E = 3
As a reference to "the other tragedy" to strike the United Stated during the President Bush administration, following 9-11 polls gave the president the highest rating (89 percent) for his handling of the terrorists attacks at that time.
Did President Bush react appropriately or promptly to hurricanes in Florida during 2004?
Do you think had Katrina hit during an election year the president would have reacted appropriately or promptly?
Hip-hop artists Kayne West declared during a televised relief marathon that President George W Bush is a racist, and said the president doesn't care about blacks, however only 3 in 10 voters in New York agreed with West's statement, which was cut from NBC's subsequent broadcasts.
"If we think that this was a good example of leadership, we have, indeed, lowered our standards as a nation," said Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) the House Democratic leader.
Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich said, "I think it puts into question all of the Homeland Security and Northern Command planning for the last four years, because if we can't respond faster than this to an event we saw coming across the Gulf for days, then why do we think we're prepared to respond to a nuclear or biological attack?"
Watching the president's response to Katrina six days after the storm hit, does the event make you feel more or less at ease for governmental assistance in the face of a disaster in New York City?
I feel more comfortable after Katrina that the government would respond quickly to a disaster in New York.
I feel less comfortable that government would respond to a disaster in New York.
"While it is too early to reach conclusions on the response of government to this catastrophe, it is increasingly clear that serious shortcomings in preparedness and response have hampered relief efforts at a critical time," said Senators Susan M. Collins (R-ME,) and Joseph I. Lieberman (D-CT,) in announcing that the committee they lead, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, would begin a probe this week.
Do you think the response to Katrina shows serious problems in the federal government's emergency preparedness overall, or do you think this was a one-time event?
If you think the government's response to Katrina was problematic, do you think the government is readily prepared for any future emergency? N=351 adults in New York City. M/of/E = 3
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