Obama’s Hurricane Response: 78-Percent Positive in Tracking Poll

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President Barack Obama comforts Hurricane Sandy victim Dana Vanzant as he visits a neighborhood in Brigantine, New Jersey, on Oct. 31, 2012.

While the presidential election, nationally, remains a virtually tied contest, likely voters of all political stripes have blessed President Barack Obama’s response to the storm that lashed the Northeast this week.

The ABC News/Washington Post daily tracking, for several days now, has found likely voters statistically tied in their support of Obama or Republican Mitt Romney, with the latest results showing a 49-49 percent dead heat.

In last night’s polling, 78 percent of those surveyed rated Obama’s response to Hurricane Sandy excellent or good, while just 8 percent saw it negatively.

Obama joined New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie today in a tour of the storm wreckage in the state.

Romney, who like Obama suspended campaigning for more than a day because of the storm, and attended a storm relief staging event, was rated positively for his response to the hurricane by 44 percent of those surveyed and negatively by 21 percent, with 35 percent voicing no opinion.

The federal government’s overall response to the storm was rated about as well as the president’s, 73 percent positive, in the survey produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates.

The ratings are higher than the government’s, or former President George W. Bush’s, reaction to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.


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