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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-07-10 09:18 PM
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"Yes, people fault the response to the spill. But why?"
Yes, people fault the response to the spill. But why?

It's a fact: Multiple polls have now shown that the public is very unhappy with the way Obama and the federal government have handled the Gulf oil spill. Today's Post/ABC News poll, for instance, offers the eyebrow-raising finding that more disapprove of the government's response to the spill than disapproved of its handling of Katrina.

But here's my question: Why do people fault the government's and Obama's performance? The polls I've seen don't really say.

The Post poll, for instance, asks the question this way:

How would you rate the Federal government's overall response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico -- excellent, good, not so good or poor?

Sixty-nine percent disapprove, mirroring findings in other polls. Last week's Economist/YouGuv poll found that only 30 percent approve of Obama's handling of the spill. Similarly, a CBS News poll found that nearly two thirds want Obama to do more.

But do more of what? None of these polls delve any more deeply into public attitudes towards Obama's handling of the mess.

Here's why this is bumming me out. All the polls finding general disapproval of Obama's handling of the spill only embolden the mob of commentators who are eager to slap him around for not sputtering with rage towards BP or wailing and beating his breast at the tragedy of it all.

I'll bet you that if pollsters asked people why they're unhappy with his handling of it, they wouldn't talk about Obama's emotional state. They'd express unhappiness with his tardiness in figuring out that BP can't be trusted and with his sluggishness in opening a criminal probe. Indeed, today's Post poll also finds heavy blame directed towards BP for taking unnecessary risks.

I get that gauging why people have the opinions they do is tricky business for pollsters. But it would be interesting if folks tried it. Chances are the results would prompt far more interesting discussions than the endless "Obama as Spock" comparisons we keep hearing.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/06/yes_...


And I'd add to that ... what ... SPECIFICALLY do folks feel that the President should do that he's not doing? Note: "show leadership" is not an answer.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-07-10 09:19 PM
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1. they fault it
because they see it as proof of what we've known all along - that politicians and slimy oil execs are in bed together
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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-07-10 09:23 PM
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5. is the bed slimy because of the oil? when will they learn to get rubber sheets
I would like to seem some poll questions about what they don't like about it. I don't think most people hold your view, I think something else is bothering them, but we won't ever know until we get some follow-up questions.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-07-10 10:41 PM
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15. there's a buttload of oil STILL SPILLING INTO THE GULF
Edited on Mon Jun-07-10 11:00 PM by Skittles
and you don't understand why people are pissed? Obama should have stopped listening to BP weeks ago but considering how he's still listening to repukes it seems highly unlikely he will stop
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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-07-10 09:20 PM
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2. Pollsters don't seem to want to ask follow up questions
Sometimes they do, but then the TV doesn't like to dig in and talk about them
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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-07-10 09:20 PM
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3. Bet the pundits are salivating at this, because it shows they have power
They can push and theme and get people thinking the way they want them to.
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jaxx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-07-10 09:22 PM
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4. They fault him because the MSM is in their face daily saying
he didn't do this and he didn't do that. Every little pundit has their moment to carp and the soundbites are gospel to the uninformed masses.
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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-07-10 09:30 PM
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6. Many are simply paid to fault the president, it seems to pay for MSM to do this.
Ratings or whatever.

It's what they do, especially to Democrats.

:patriot:
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BeFree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-07-10 09:30 PM
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7. The president should...
Edited on Mon Jun-07-10 09:31 PM by BeFree
...make the operations more transparent. We are still being denied information. Some people are more into a CYA position than what is needed: a clean the shit up, now, position.

People have sat and watched governments time after time, be slow, hide stuff and play politics. We are sick of it and it appears that some of Obama's moves are more of the same.

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obxhead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-07-10 09:38 PM
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9. "We are sick of it and it appears that
some of Obama's moves are more of the same."


After 2 years of hearing about "change, hope, and transparency."
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-07-10 09:34 PM
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8. Very few people know anything about petroleum engineering
including the pissant pollsters themselves.
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Thrill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-07-10 09:40 PM
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10. People only fault the Obama because the media has been telling
them they should.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-07-10 11:22 PM
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18. keep telling yourself that
Edited on Mon Jun-07-10 11:23 PM by Skittles
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Beartracks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-07-10 09:44 PM
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11. Yeah, I've heard that "show leadership" meme...
Who's the yahoo who sometimes fills in for Boortz? That's his big thing. I stomached his little tirades for a while on the morning commute.

OK, I had to go Google him: Herman Cain.

Anyhow, he got all over some caller who dared suggest that Cain and other Republicans are clamoring for increased government regulation with their vague clarion call for "more leadership" -- Cain disconnected the guy and loudly protested, "I never once said I was in favor of more government regulation" (which is probably true) "but I want to see more leadership from this Administration."

He also whines about liberals who want to re-hash the Bush years, claiming it's old news and irrelevant -- but basically if he allowed that can of worms to open on the show, he'd probably have to explain how going to ground and hiding in a safe place after a disaster is "leadership."

Well, wait -- about leadership specifics: I recall Cain and a different, more sympathetic caller waxed on about how Democrats are big into appointing non-experts into positions of authority who don't know what to do and don't know the appropriate industries and technologies when disasters occur -- and Cain stated that proper appointments to such positions is part of the "leadership" he would like to have seen. At the same time, of course, the ongoing intimation was that Democrats are incapable of satisfying even that requirement, and that Republican "leadership" would resolve such problems. I had to laugh as three words came to mind: "Good job, Brownie." LOL

:eyes:


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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-07-10 09:55 PM
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12. Maybe because they hear it 24/7 on freaking
corporatewhoremedia? hmmmm?

Corporatewhore polls on their corporatewhore manipulation and manufacturing. Fuck them.
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DrToast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-07-10 10:55 PM
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17. Ding ding ding. Why should people be expected to say why when the media doesn't?
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butterfly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-07-10 10:05 PM
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13. Edward olmos said ...
he should move the Whitehouse to the louisana..
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doc03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-07-10 10:29 PM
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14. Because that is what the MSM has been telling
them to think.
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sudopod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-07-10 10:42 PM
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16. They don't understand what 16 million kg/m^3 really means. nt
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