September 4, 2005--Just 28% of Americans give say that the
federal government has done a good or an excellent job responding to
Hurricane Katrina. Another 25% say the government has done a fair
job while 45% say poor.
Interest in the story is extraordinarily
high. Eighty-eight percent (88%) of Americans say they are closely
following news stories about the tragedy, including 59% who are
following it "very closely."
Forty-seven percent (47%) have made a
financial contribution to help the victims of the disaster.
Seventy-eight percent (78%) have said a prayer for them.
Eighty-five percent (85%) say that the
"disaster in New Orleans and surrounding areas [will] have a major
impact on the U.S. economy. Consumer
confidence has fallen to its lowest level in more than two
Even among Republicans, there are significant doubts about the
federal response to Katrina. Just 47% of those in President Bush's
party say the federal response has been good or excellent. Fifty-one
percent say fair or poor.
In terms of supporting the victims with financial contribution
and/or prayer, there is little partisan difference.
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The telephone survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was
conducted by Rasmussen Reports September 2-3, 2005. The margin of
sampling error for the survey is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95%
level of confidence. 37% of survey respondents were Republican, 37%
Democrat, and 26% unaffiliated (see Methodology)