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36% Say Fed Response to Katrina Good or Excellent

31% Say State and Local Response Good or Excellent

Survey of 622 Adults

September 12-13, 2005

Federal Response to

Hurricane Katrina

Excellent 15%
Good 21%
Fair 20%
Poor 42%

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State and Local Response to

Hurricane Katrina

Excellent 13%
Good 18%
Fair 33%
Poor 34%

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President Bush Response to

Hurricane Katrina

Excellent 20%
Good 19%
Fair 23%
Poor 37%

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Mayor Nagin Response to

Hurricane Katrina

Excellent 9%
Good 19%
Fair 35%
Poor 33%

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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 poor.

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 Mayor Ray Nagin.

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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 years.

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Republicans now say the federal response to Katrina has been good or excellent. That's up from 47% in the earlier survey.

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)



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