Voters turning up heat on Obama, rig operators

Forty-five percent, according to the latest Rasmussen poll


now say the president is doing a poor job handling the incident. That's up 11 points from two weeks ago and 19 points at the beginning of last month. Thirty percent (30%) give the president good or excellent marks for his handling of the situation, down from 38% two weeks ago.

Among likely voters, 61 percent,


now give the companies associated with the leak - British Petroleum and Transocean - poor ratings for their response to the ongoing problem. That's up 20 points from two weeks ago and up 33 points from thebeginning of May.

Only 11% give the companies' response good or excellent ratings, down from 23% two weeks ago. In early May, the companies' response received good or excellent reviews from 29%.

Americans' anger towards BP has led to a majority who say they will likely boycott the company's products.

Filed under: Environment

Tags: BP, energy, environment, Obama, politics

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