Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #6793
 
American Reaction to Katrina as of 9/6/05: 38% of Americans today approve of President Bush's response to Hurricane Katrina, down from 48% on 8/31, when SurveyUSA began conducting daily tracking polls. 54% of Americans disapprove of the President's response. 60% of Americans today say the federal government is not doing enough to help the victims, down from a peak of 68% in interviews conducted on Friday 9/2, before the President's first visit to the region. 34% today say the government is doing the right amount to help victims, up from a low of 26% on 9/2. Americans do not agree on what should happen to the city of New Orleans: 31% today say the city should be rebuilt with public money. 31% today say the city should be rebuilt with private money. 33% today say the city should not be rebuilt.
 
Context: SurveyUSA, on behalf of its media clients, has interviewed 1,200 adults nationwide every day since 8/31/05, asking the identical questions. Results are tracked. SurveyUSA seeks to capture and preserve, in day-by-day snapshots, unique and extraordinary moments in American history. Many residents of the Gulf Coast are displaced; others have no phone service.
 
Is the federal government doing too much? Not enough? Or just the right amount to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina?
1200 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 2.8 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Too Much5%6%3%5%3%6%5%6%4%0%3%5%5%5%
Not Enough60%54%65%64%62%52%55%78%70%64%68%58%56%61%
Right Amount34%38%29%30%32%40%38%15%22%35%28%35%37%31%
Not Sure2%2%2%1%3%2%2%2%4%2%1%2%2%3%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%32%40%28%72%11%11%6%19%23%36%22%
 
At this hour, are local officials on the Gulf Coast prepared? ... Or unprepared to respond to the challenge that is before them?
1200 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 2.4 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Prepared14%15%13%18%14%11%15%12%13%16%12%14%17%13%
Unprepared78%75%80%71%81%81%77%84%75%79%81%77%75%79%
Not Sure8%9%7%11%6%8%8%3%12%5%7%9%8%7%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%32%40%28%72%11%11%6%19%23%36%22%
 
Has the government's response to the hurricane been ... surprisingly organized? About what you would expect given the size of the damage? Or, surprisingly disorganized?
1200 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 2.9 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Surprisingly Organized9%10%8%6%10%12%10%10%5%11%10%11%9%8%
About What You Would Expect40%42%37%44%36%40%40%26%43%48%33%37%42%44%
Surprisingly Disorganized49%47%52%48%53%46%48%63%46%42%55%52%48%44%
Not Sure2%1%3%2%2%2%2%1%5%0%2%1%1%4%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%32%40%28%72%11%11%6%19%23%36%22%
 
Thinking just about the President of the United States ... Do you approve or disapprove of President Bush's response to Hurricane Katrina?
1200 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 2.9 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Approve38%42%35%36%37%43%44%16%28%39%32%39%41%40%
Disapprove54%50%57%55%56%50%50%75%57%56%60%54%51%54%
Not Sure7%8%7%9%7%6%6%9%15%5%9%7%8%6%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%32%40%28%72%11%11%6%19%23%36%22%
 
In general, when coastal areas are damaged by hurricanes, should those areas be rebuilt with public money? Rebuilt with private money? Or should they not be rebuilt?
1200 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 2.9 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Rebuilt With Public Money36%33%38%40%36%30%35%45%32%25%37%35%38%31%
Rebuilt With Private Money37%43%31%34%38%39%37%34%33%43%36%34%38%38%
Not Rebuilt19%18%20%17%16%25%20%10%23%20%21%24%13%22%
Not Sure8%6%11%9%9%6%7%11%11%12%6%6%11%9%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%32%40%28%72%11%11%6%19%23%36%22%
 
Now focusing specifically on the City of New Orleans, which is below sea level: should the city of New Orleans be rebuilt with public money? Rebuilt with private money? Or should the city not be rebuilt?
1200 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 2.9 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Rebuilt With Public Money31%29%33%36%30%26%29%46%33%27%36%31%32%25%
Rebuilt With Private Money31%35%27%28%31%34%32%27%26%31%27%31%34%30%
Not Rebuilt33%31%34%32%31%36%35%20%31%28%33%34%29%37%
Not Sure5%4%7%5%7%4%4%7%10%13%4%4%5%8%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%32%40%28%72%11%11%6%19%23%36%22%