Public Still Split On Obama’s Handling Of BP Spill

June 1, 2010 7:57 a.m.

Americans don’t know what to think about the way President Obama is handling the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico according to a new national poll released by Quinnipiac University today. The poll, conducted last week, confirms a trend that shows the public is increasingly wary of the White House’s response to the still-spewing deep water oil spill.

The new Q poll shows 39% of Americans approve of the way Obama is handling the Gulf crisis, while 42% disapprove. The poll was conducted May 19-24 and has a margin of error of 2.2%

The TPM Poll Average of Obama’s handling of the spill shows 39.2% approve while 55.2% disapprove. The trend line shows that as the spill has continued, public support for Obama’s handling of it has dipped.Several national pollsters have begun tracking the public’s feelings toward Obama’s handling of the spill. Check out our chart of those polls to see how public opinion on Obama’s role has shifted since the catastrophe began in late April:

Note: This post has been updated.

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