Energy

Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

%

%

%

2010 Aug 14-15

44

48

8

2010 Jun 19-20

44

48

9

2010 Jun 5-6

40

46

13

Next, do you approve or disapprove of the way the oil company BP is handling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

%

%

%

2010 Aug 14-15

31

64

6

2010 Jun 19-20

16

76

8

From what you know and have read, is the extent of damage caused by the oil spill -- [ROTATED: worse than you thought it would be, about what you thought it would be, (or is the damage) not as bad as you thought it would be]?

Worse than
you thought

About what
you thought it
would be

Not as bad
as you
thought

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2010 Aug 14-15

44

29

22

5

As you may know, as a result of the oil spill, the federal government banned most offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico through November. Do you think the federal government should lift the ban and allow offshore drilling to resume or should it keep the ban on most offshore drilling in place through November?

Should lift ban

Should keep
ban in place

No opinion

%

%

%

2010 Aug 14-15 ^

47

46

7

^ Asked of a half sample

In the future, do you think BP should or should not be allowed to drill for oil in the same area of the Gulf of Mexico in which the oil spill occurred?

Yes, should be
allowed to drill

No, should
not be

No
opinion

%

%

%

2010 Aug 14-15 ^

49

46

5

^ Asked of a half sample

How would you rate the job each of the following has done in responding to the oil spill, as very good, good, poor or very poor? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

British Petroleum, or BP, the company that operated the oil rig that is leaking oil

Very
good

Good

Poor

Very
poor

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2010 Jun 11-13 ^

2

16

32

49

1

2010 May 24-25

6

18

34

39

3

^ Asked of a half sample

President Barack Obama

Very
good

Good

Poor

Very
poor

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2010 Jun 11-13

11

33

29

24

3

2010 May 24-25

11

32

34

19

4

The federal government

Very
good

Good

Poor

Very
poor

No
opinion

2010 May 24-25

5%

30

39

21

4

How much do you blame each of the following for the oil spill -- a great deal, a fair amount, not much, or not at all? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

A. British Petroleum, or BP, the company that operated the oil rig that is leaking oil

Great
deal

Fair
amount

Not
much

Not
at all

No
opinion

2010 Jun 11-13 ^

75%

17

4

2

2

B. Federal agencies that regulate oil drilling

Great
deal

Fair
amount

Not
much

Not
at all

No
opinion

2010 Jun 11-13 ^

44%

37

9

7

3

^ Asked of a half sample

Do you think President Obama has been too tough, about right, or not tough enough in dealing with BP in regards to the oil spill?

Too tough

About right

Not tough
enough

No
opinion

2010 Jun 11-13 ^

3%

20

71

6

^ Asked of a half sample

As you may know, BP is currently in charge of the efforts to control the oil spill and its effects on the ocean and coastal areas. Do you think the federal government should take over these efforts, or should BP continue to be in charge?

Federal
government

BP

No opinion

2010 Jun 11-13 ^

45%

49

6

^ Asked of a half sample

Which comes closer to your view -- [ROTATED: BP should pay for all financial losses resulting from the oil spill -- including wages of workers out of work because of the oil spill-- even if it drives the company out of business (or) BP should pay for as much of the financial losses resulting from the oil spill as it can afford while still remaining a viable company]?

Should pay all
losses, even if it
goes out of
business

Should pay as
much as it
can afford
and stay viable

No opinion

2010 Jun 11-13

59%

38

3

Thinking about possible effects of the oil spill, please tell me whether you think each of the following will or will not happen. How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

2010 Jun 11-13
(sorted by "yes, will happen")

Yes, will
happen

No, will
not happen

No opinion

%

%

%

The U.S. economy will be hurt

83

15

2

Gas prices will increase for Americans

79

19

2

Food prices will increase for Americans

79

18

2

.Just your best guess, how many years do you think it will be before all the beaches that are affected by the oil spill fully recover, or do you think some beaches will never fully recover from the oil spill? [OPEN-ENDED]

2010 Jun 11-13

%

One year or less

3

Two to three years

7

Four to five years

12

Six to ten years

11

More than 10 years

16

Some beaches will never fully recover

49

No opinion

3

Just your best guess, how many years do you think it will be before all the species of wildlife, including fish and birds, affected by the oil spill will return to their normal levels, or do you think some species of wildlife will never return to their normal levels after the oil spill? [OPEN-ENDED]

2010 Jun 11-13

%

One year or less

2

Two to three years

5

Four to five years

10

Six to 10 years

9

More than 10 years

13

Some species will never return to normal levels

59

No opinion

3

Do you favor or oppose increasing offshore drilling for oil and gas in U.S. coastal areas?

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

%

%

%

Registered Voters

2010 May 24-25

52

44

4

National Adults

2010 May 24-25

50

46

4

For comparison: Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

%

%

%

Registered Voters

2010 May 4-5

60

33

7

2010 Apr 6-7

70

22

8

(Asked of those who oppose increased offshore drilling) Do you oppose any drilling for oil and gas in U.S. coastal areas, or do you only oppose increased drilling for oil and gas beyond what is currently being done?

COMBINED RESULTS: BASED ON NATIONAL ADULTS

Favor
increased
offshore
drilling

Oppose
increased
drilling only

Oppose any
drilling

No
opinion

2010 May 24-25

50%

27

19

4

Next, how closely are you following the news about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana -- very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?

Very closely

Somewhat
closely

Not too
closely

Not at
all

No
opinion

2010 May 24-25

47%

40

9

5

--

Who do you think should be in charge of efforts to contain the spill and to clean up the oil already spilled -- [ROTATED: BP (or) the federal government]?

BP

Federal
government

No opinion

2010 May 24-25

68%

28

4

Just your best guess, which comes closest to your view of the impact of this oil spill in the long run -- [ROTATED: it will be the worst environmental disaster in the U.S. in at least 100 years, it will be a disaster but not the worst environmental disaster in the U.S. in the last 100 years, it will be a major problem but not a disaster, (or) it will be a minor problem]?

Worst
disaster
in 100
years

Disaster
but not
worst in
100 years

Major
problem

Minor
problem

No
opinion

2010 May 24-25

37%

35

23

3

2

Gallup http://www.gallup.com/poll/140978/Oil-Spill-Gulf-Mexico.aspx Gallup World Headquarters, 901 F Street, Washington, D.C., 20001, U.S.A +1 202.715.3030