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Polls Mixed Over Government Response to Hurricane Disaster


Public opinion polls indicate Americans are split in their views of local and federal government response to Hurricane Katrina.

A recent Gallup survey reports 42 percent of Americans say President Bush did a "bad" or "terrible" job responding to the disaster. But 35 percent called his performance "good" or "great."

Public opinion of local officials' handling of the crises were more closely split, with 35 percent of people voicing a negative opinion, and 37 percent a positive view.

U.S. news media continue to focus on why mass evacuations and food drops in devastated areas were delayed.

President Bush and members of Congress have pledged to investigate what went wrong in the response to the disaster.

Some lawmakers have called the incident a failure of the new national emergency preparedness systems created after the September 2001 terrorist attacks.

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