According to Public Policy Polling in North Carolina, 61 percent of Louisianans disapprove of the way President Obama has handled the BP oil spill in the gulf, while 54 percent believe that George W. Bush did a better job of helping Louisiana deal with crisis (compared to 33 percent who said Obama did better).
The poll also shows that support for offshore drilling in Louisiana has actually increased, from 77 percent in June to 81 percent currently. Not surprisingly, the president’s deepwater offshore drilling moratorium remains unpopular in the state, where much of the economy is tied to the oil industry.
Responses do not seem to be driving by partisan politics. The poll found that 45 percent of respondents identified themselves as Republicans, while almost the same percent, 44, identified themselves as Democrats.
The poll comes as Obama is trying to convince the state that he is invested in the region. On Sunday, the president told a crowd at Xavier University in New Orleans that while progress has been made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, his administration “is going to stand with you–and fight alongside you–until the job is done. Until New Orleans is all the way back, all the way.”
The trip to the gulf was Obama’s second in two weeks.