According to the latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted among 1,523 Americans Sept. 8-11, more Americans are focusing criticism on state and local leaders for pre- and post-Katrina failures. To me, that’s a measure of the effectiveness of the administration’s efforts to redirect criticism from the president and his lackeys onto the DEMOCRATIC governor of Louisiana and mayor of New Orleans while praising the REPUBLICAN governors of Mississippi and Alabama.
Currently, just 34% of respondents give in Mississippi and Louisiana state and local governments an excellent or good rating on how they handled the disaster, down from 41% last week. Public opinion of the federal government’s disaster response are unchanged from last week — 37% positive, 61% negative.
Republicans and Democrats view the performance of state and local governments similarly (34% positive for Republicans, 37% for Democrats), unlike opinions of the federal government’s response, which are divided along party lines. Whites and blacks share views about the state and local response, but blacks are much more negative than whites about how the federal government has dealt with the Katrina’s impact.