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Republicans, you’re doing a heck of a job

According to a new survey done by Public Policy Polling in Louisiana, slightly more Republicans in the state blame Barack Obama for the inadequate response to Hurricane Katrina than blame George W Bush. Even though the hurricane that battered Louisiana occurred while Bush was president, and three years before Obama became president.

Interestingly, the largest group of Republicans — 44% — said they didn’t know whom to blame. While 29% blamed Obama and 28% blamed Bush.

In the same poll, respondents were asked whom they would like to see as the GOP nominee for president in 2016. Jeb Bush received 17%, a close second to Rand Paul, who received 18%.



  1. Don in Waco wrote:

    Weighted for non-NOLA residents south of I-10 that same poll would show closer to 80% blaming Obama, be it Katrina, climate change, or WW II. The most racist group of folks I’ve ever been around. That was in 2003. Maybe its changed but doubtful. I was talking to one fella, a genuine college educated geologist from Houma, about my perceived similarities of Cajun and Creole culture due to the French influene. He didn’t talk to me again the whole project, feeling that I had called him Creole and therefore black. So very insulted. I’m like, Dude, both cultures have French influence. Amazing. Racism runs very deep there.

    Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 8:55 am | Permalink
  2. Max wrote:

    I blame Thomas Jefferson.

    Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Permalink
  3. johnny RO wrote:

    How far down can the boundaries of western civilization actually be pushed before those left declare a new dark age? illogiacl? ITs only a dark age in retrospect?

    Anyway, I wonder what the correctness rate was on question 4 and 5.

    I see 44% for item 2 and 3. What can we make of that?

    I am not a republican, and for that reason I hope they don’t nominate Christie. Fat jokes aside he means business not rubbish and would be a strong candidate for “good” reasons. Having said that if he won it would probably not be a crisis as for regular GOP lackies.

    Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Permalink
  4. Michael wrote:

    I think the most interesting part of the poll was the age demographic for question 2. Of those over 65, 42% blamed Obama for the Katrina response. In contrast, only 17% of those under 45 did. So it seems there is a huge generational gap within the GOP, and as the older generation starts to die off, the party will drift back toward sanity.

    Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Permalink
  5. westomoon wrote:

    It took me two readings to realize that this poll was only of GOP Louisianans. Really, it’s not so surprising — most people who still identify as Republicans have succumbed to the PsyOps campaign that the Right Wing Noise Machine has been aiming at them for the past 30 years, and cannot be considered to live in the same reality as the rest of us.

    Friday, August 23, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Permalink
  6. BTN wrote:

    Also interesting, the women’s top choice for GOP nominee: none of the above (“Someone else/not sure”: 19%).

    For Men, all of the choices except Susana Martinez (a women…) and Rick Santorum (already ran and lost…) scored as high or higher than “Someone else/not sure” (8%).

    Another quirk: none of the respondants who identified themselves as “Somewhat liberal” blamed Obama for Katrina, but 17% who identified themselves as “Very liberal” did blame Obama. You don’t suppose that some peope were lying about their political bias to skew the poll numbers, do you?

    Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Permalink
  7. Jon wrote:

    Dana Milbank has finally gotten around to commenting on this same study, August 29.

    Friday, August 30, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Permalink