September 14, 2005--Thirty-six percent (36%) of Americans say
that the federal government has done a good or excellent job
responding to Hurricane Katrina. The latest Rasmussen Reports survey
shows that another 20% say the government has done a fair job while
42% say poor.
While still fairly negative, that assessment reflects an
improvement over the past ten days. In our first survey
on the topic, just 28% said the federal government had responded in
a good or excellent manner.
While 36% say the federal government has done a good or an
excellent job, just 31% say the same about the response of state and
local governments. The Rasmussen Reports poll found that 33% view
the state and local response as fair. Thirty-four percent (34%) say
Thirty-nine percent (39%) of Americans say that President
Bush has done a good or an excellent job handling the Katrina
crisis. Twenty-eight percent (28%) say the same for New Orleans
(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
(67%) of Republicans now say the federal response to Katrina has
been good or excellent. That's up from 47% in the earlier
Among Democrats, just
18% say the federal government has done a good or an excellent job.
Sixty percent (60%) say poor.
There is less of a
partisan gap on the response of state and local governments.
Thirty-one percent (31%) of Republicans say the state and local
response was good or excellent. That view is shared by 30% of
Democrats. Thirty-nine percent (39%) of Republicans and 35% of
Democrats say the response was poor
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The telephone survey of 622 Adults was conducted
by Rasmussen Reports September 12-13, 2005. The margin of
sampling error for the survey is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95%
level of confidence. 37% of survey respondents were Republican, 37%
Democrat, and 26% unaffiliated (see Methodology)