“Everything but the kitchen sink” poll
The oil spill, immigration, racial profiling, President Obama’s policies, the Tea Party — you name it, Americans were asked about it in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal public opinion poll.
The pollsters surveyed 1,000 people from Thursday through Monday (when there was a lot of news happening) and came away with what NBC says were “striking results.”
Despite the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico threatening environmental disaster, 60 percent of Americans said they support more offshore drilling, according to the poll.
“In addition, a majority believes that the potential economic benefits of offshore drilling outweigh its potential harm to the environment,” NBC said.
Asked about the environment in the country, 56 percent said they believe the U.S. is “off on the wrong track” compared with 34 percent who said it’s “headed in the right direction.” Seventy-six percent say the United States is in a recession and no one said they thought “it’s almost over.”
Obama gets a 50 percent job approval rating. About half disapprove of his policies but 69 percent said they like him personally. Congress fares far worse, with a 21 percent approval rating while a whopping 72 percent of Americans disapprove of the job lawmakers are doing.
The poll found that more people have “very positive” feelings about the Tea Party than both the Democratic and Republican parties.
While there’s a growing move to protest or boycott Arizona over its crackdown on illegal immigrants, the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll suggests Americans aren’t exactly on board.
Sixty-four percent said they support the Arizona law, which requires police, during lawful contact, to check the immigration status of anyone who they reasonably suspect is in the country illegally.
Among Hispanic or Latino respondents, 70 percent said they oppose the law. A majority of all respondents, 76 percent, said the Arizona law will lead to racial profiling.
Photo Credits: REUTERS/Sean Gardner (Officials walk along beach looking for signs of oil in Pass Christian, Mississippi, May 12, 2010)