Louisiana residents believe that former President George W. Bush did a more adequate job responding to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina than President Barrack Obama has in response to the oil spill off the state’s coastline, according to a recent survey.
The new Public Policy Polling survey found that 50 percent of respondentsincluding 31 percent of Democratsfeel that Bush handled the 2005 crisis better than Obama is currently managing the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. A total of 35 percent of those surveyed favor the current president’s performance.
When asked to compare the impact of the two disasters, an overwhelming majority of voters (76 percent to 17 percent) said that the oil spill will do more long-term harm to the community than Katrina did.
Officials with the left-leaning polling organization note that the waters off the Louisiana coast account for 16 percent of the state’s GDP. They also report that a one-year ban on offshore drilling could result in as many as 20,000 layoffs statewide.
"People are always concerned with their economic livelihood," said Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling." In Louisiana the economy and jobs are clearly tied to the oil and gas industry. Louisianans seem more concerned about the closure of oil rigs than of the beaches."