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CBS Poll: 54% Approve, 12% Disapprove of Bush's Handling of Hurricane Katrina
CBS News ^ | September 1, 2005

Posted on 09/02/2005 1:46:49 AM PDT by West Coast Conservative

Hurricane Katrina may give President Bush the opportunity to increase his low approval ratings. In fact, his overall rating did rise on the last day of the poll, after he returned to the White House from his ranch in Crawford, Texas, and addressed the nation on the crisis in the Gulf Coast.

But in the early days of this crisis, many Americans are withholding judgment about his handling of it. Fifty-four percent approve of the way the President is handling Hurricane Katrina, and only 12 percent disapprove -- but one-third can't say yet. This question was added to the poll on Tuesday, the day after Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. Gulf coast.

Bush’s current rating for his handling of Hurricane Katrina is actually lower than what his father, former president George H.W. Bush received for his handling of Hurricane Andrew. In September 1992, nearly two-thirds approved of then-President Bush’s handling of Hurricane Andrew, while three in 10 disapproved -- but that poll was conducted nearly three weeks after Hurricane Andrew hit Florida.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: bush; cbs; jobapproval; katrina; kewl; poll
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To: West Coast Conservative

Dont worry Bush's ratings will go down
all i hear on the telly is - The Feds suck, Bush did not respond on time yadadadadada.


51 posted on 09/02/2005 4:37:25 AM PDT by DM1
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To: Maceman

You got me for right now. I read this somewhere a few years ago. I tried to do a search on Google but so far could not find anything. I will continue looking and ping you when I find an answer.


52 posted on 09/02/2005 4:37:32 AM PDT by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: OldFriend
What is it you wanted the Dept. of Homeland Security to accomplish?

State and local government breakdown/breakdown manifested itself rather early on - Effective leadership would have recognized it and intervened earlier. The anarchy that emerged from the leadership vacuum is unacceptable. Dept. of Homeland Security is supposed to be in the business of 'Worst Case Scenario' and I'm sorry to say that I don't believe they are ready for prime time yet.

53 posted on 09/02/2005 4:42:13 AM PDT by SolutionsOnly
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To: SolutionsOnly
So you want the federal government to come in and take over your state without the written express request of your governor?

For now, that is against the law.

54 posted on 09/02/2005 4:44:55 AM PDT by OldFriend (MAJ. TAMMY DUCKWORTH ~ A NATIONAL TREASURE)
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To: SunnySide

Focus on the goal. Pass it on! Energize your neighbors into physically helping with this relief effort TODAY!

"Psych UP" and move the effort forward. Americans can and will ENERGIZE each other.


55 posted on 09/02/2005 4:58:22 AM PDT by SunnySide (Ephes2:8 ByGraceYou'veBeenSavedThruFaithAGiftOfGodSoNoOneCanBoast)
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To: West Coast Conservative

CBS just taking a heat check. They must now redouble their efforts to discredit Bush.


56 posted on 09/02/2005 4:59:57 AM PDT by kabar
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To: West Coast Conservative

The MSM obviously isn't doing its job very well.


57 posted on 09/02/2005 5:03:35 AM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: West Coast Conservative

What is the figures on the LA governor?


58 posted on 09/02/2005 5:04:45 AM PDT by bmwcyle (We broke Pink's code and found a terrorist message.)
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To: OldFriend
Leaders lead and Bureaucrats follow policy. If my governor were inept, I would expect it.

'Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead' was probably a policy violation, too. There's no excuse for the anarchy in New Orleans.
59 posted on 09/02/2005 5:09:38 AM PDT by SolutionsOnly
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To: chgomac
No, but they do have the ability to make a bad situation even worse! I just heard a disgusting interview with the NO mayor where he cursed everyone from the President to the governor for this calamity. I've never heard such defeated and demoralizing words from a leader. He has the local "bully pulpit" and should have used it to lead...

No, he has to look forward to the next election. It’s far better in his mind to pass the buck upward and duck his own responsibility in this.
60 posted on 09/02/2005 6:05:38 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: R. Scott
"he has to look forward to the next election"
61 posted on 09/02/2005 6:13:32 AM PDT by chgomac
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To: R. Scott

I fear you are right.


62 posted on 09/02/2005 6:14:52 AM PDT by chgomac
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To: chgomac

Nagin was the knucklehead here. He got on TV BEFORE Katrina hit and told everyone to get out of town and that "this was the big one" and he repeatedly reminded everyone that NO was "below sea level" and that there could be flooding.

The he tells everyone to come on over to the Superdome. Did he have any cots set up there? No!

Did he make sure there was enough National Guard and police there? No!

Enough food and water? No!

It was HIS JOB as mayor to coordinate these things. You can't just tell a whole city of people to come to the Superdome and then not prepare for them!

Where was the city's plan for housing people after a major flood.

I said this before by Nagin makes Philadelphia's Mayor John Street look like Copernicus!!! And that I thought was impossible to do!


63 posted on 09/02/2005 6:26:30 AM PDT by dirknowitzki
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To: dirknowitzki

If Mayor Nagin had a plan "A" for a disaster.....he didn't use it. I'm witnessing the worst crisis management I have ever seen!

How long has he been the mayor? Did he ever consider a need for plan "B", plan "C"?
How many "what if" strategies did he have in place with his police & fire chief, relief agencies, other community leaders? What were they to do in a "worst case scenario"?

Remember all the planning sessions held in anticipation of a millenium crisis for loss of utilities, computers, etc.....was Mayor Nagin around then? Did he learn anything about how to have fall back plans? To put safety nets in place? To prepare call back lists & meeting places? We did those first steps in planning just to keep a lousy corporate branch offic up and running. The mayor had far greater responsibilities and comes up woefully short. The governor too.




64 posted on 09/02/2005 7:09:15 AM PDT by chgomac
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To: West Coast Conservative

CBS- damning with faint praise.


65 posted on 09/02/2005 7:13:18 AM PDT by Inwoodian
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To: West Coast Conservative

put me in the 12%


66 posted on 09/02/2005 7:14:21 AM PDT by Homer1
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To: gakrak

I'm in the 12% and I like W.


67 posted on 09/02/2005 7:16:49 AM PDT by Homer1
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To: kabar
I just walked by the living room and the wife was watching the local news on the TV. They had a story about how the President is to blame for what is going bad down there. When it was over, I saw what channel it was.

It was CBS.

I made her change the channel.

68 posted on 09/02/2005 7:20:06 AM PDT by SW6906
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To: SW6906

There is a concerted attempt by the MSM to blame Bush. Last night Ted Koppel bushwacked (no pun intended) and browbeat FEMA Director Brown in an interview essentially blaming the federal government for what happened in NO. The MSM never explains the federal disaster relief system and the role of the states and local government. Basically, FEMA provides the State the resources they require and request. LA dropped the ball and now FEMA is playing catch-up.


69 posted on 09/02/2005 7:30:06 AM PDT by kabar
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To: West Coast Conservative
Here is an excellent quote that I stole from another thread:

"Do not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life. It is far better that you fear the media, for they will steal your HONOR. That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoemaking and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse." --Mark Twain.

70 posted on 09/02/2005 10:44:48 AM PDT by Mogollon
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To: IrishGOP

Indeed, you are exactly right. However, it's the "elephant in the corner" and will not get any press....too hot to touch with a 10 foot pole.


71 posted on 09/02/2005 10:53:36 AM PDT by cowdog77
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