More Americans Say They Want BP ‘in Charge of’ Cleaning Up Oil Spill Rather Than Obama’s Federal Government

By Staff | June 17, 2010 | 10:23 AM EDT

President Barack Obama, with Alabama Gov. Bob Riley, looks at oil containment booms being cleaned at a staging facility in Theodore, Ala., on Monday, June 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

( - More Americans say they want BP to remain “in charge of” cleaning up the Gulf oil spill rather than have the federal government in charge.
A USAToday/Gallup Poll asked 1,014 adults this question between June 11-13: “As you may know, BP is currently in charge of the efforts to control the oil spill and its effects on the ocean and coastal areas. Do you think the federal government should take over these efforts, or should BP continue to be in charge?”
Forty-nine percent said that BP should continue to be in charge, and 45 percent said the federal government should take over.
Support for the federal government taking over was strong among liberals, but not among moderates and conservatives. Sixty-one percent of liberals said the federal government should take over, while 34 percent of liberals said it should not. Among moderates, 46 percent said the government should take over, and 49 percent said BP should continue to be in charge.  Among conservatives, only 38 percent said they want the government to take charge, while 56 percent said the want BP to remain in charge.