Oklahoma Poll
July 29, 2010
Bill Shapard

Oklahomans critical of response to gulf oil spill

Oklahomans blame BP for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and aren't too happy about the way the British-based energy company or the U.S. government has handled the situation.

In an Oklahoma Poll conducted July 16-21 � just days after the spewing well was successfully capped � 56 percent of the 755 surveyed said BP is most to blame for the April 20 blowout of the Deepwater Horizon, an offshore drilling rig operated by BP.

The blowout killed 11 workers and resulted in the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

Republicans and Democrats were fairly united in assigning blame to BP, but independents said federal regulatory agencies were more at fault. About 7 percent overall said environmentalists were the chief cause, while only 3 percent identified American demand for oil.

Fourteen percent were undecided.

Although neither BP nor the Obama administration got much credit for their work in dealing with the disaster, Oklahomans were less critical of the oil company. Only about one-third said BP's response had been poor, compared with 45 percent for the administration.

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Bill Shapard
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Bill Shapard

Bill is the founder of SoonerPoll.com and ShapardResearch, a full service market research firm based in Oklahoma City. Bill began his career in polling after working on a major campaign in Oklahoma from 1996 until founding SoonerPoll in 2004.