President Obama addressed the nation last week, nearly two months after the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico began, but a new survey shows Americans gave him a low mark for his effort.
The president has been heavily criticized for what some see as his aloofness and reluctance in his dealings with the company and for insufficient efforts to stop the leak, so when he took to the airwaves to vow to "make BP pay" for the damage, the administration hoped to reverse that impression.
However, a new poll conducted by HCD Research revealed that compared to Obama’s previous major speeches, the BP address was poorly received across America. The company looked at eight major speeches the president has given since he took office 18 months ago—including the State of the Union, healthcare and Wall Street reform—and found that the respondents gave it the average mark of just 4.4 on a 1-7 scale.
By contrast, his first State of the Union in January 2009 scored 5.5.
Despite this poor result, however, the administration subsequently struck a deal with BP to set up a $20 billion escrow account to be managed by a third party in order to help individuals and businesses affected by the disaster.