Keep in mind this is a CBS/New York Times poll – not exactly known for their conservative leaning samples.
Most Americans do not believe President Obama has a clear plan to deal with the oil spill in the Gulf, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll.
Just 32 percent say Mr. Obama has a clear plan to deal with the oil leak, while 59 percent (including 64 percent of Gulf coast residents) say he does not.
The numbers are not much better among those who watched the president’s Oval Office speech on the spill last week, with 35 percent of that group saying he has a clear plan and 56 percent saying he does not.
The spill isn’t the only issue on which the president is seen as lacking a plan of action: Just 41 percent say Mr. Obama has a clear plan for developing new sources of energy, while 45 percent say he has no clear plan. And when it comes to creating jobs, just 34 percent say he has a clear plan; 54 percent say he does not.
A majority of Americans – 61 percent – says the president’s response to the oil spill was too slow. Just 31 percent say they have “a lot” of confidence in his ability to handle a crisis, though a majority has at least some confidence that he can do so. Since January, the percentage who says Mr. Obama has strong qualities of leadership has fallen from 70 percent to 62 percent.
Overall, 43 percent approve of Mr. Obama’s handling of the oil spill, while 47 percent disapprove.
But the most devastating numbers (and the most alarming for the White House) are the right track/wrong track results which are not featured in either the cbs.com on-line or New York Times stories on the poll results.
60% think the country is headed in the wrong direction while only 32% think the country is headed in the right direction.
I can’t wait until November.