Following the speech,
the President's rating for handling the Katrina crisis fell eight
points among Republicans (from 71% good or excellent to 63%). The
President also draws good or excellent marks from 11% of Democrats
and 31% of those not affiliated with either major political party.
(57%) of black voters support the federal reconstruction spending
while just 17% are opposed. Among white voters, 49% favor the
spending and 29% are opposed. This is the first Bush Administration
proposal hat has attracted more support from black Americans than
from white Americans.
confidence has recovered from its post-Katrina lows, but not
from the surge in oil prices that preceded Katrina.
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The telephone survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted
by Rasmussen Reports September 16-17, 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)