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  • CNN Poll Shows Katrina's Racial Divide

    Reaction to Katrina split on racial lines
    More blacks view race as factor in federal response

    Tuesday, September 13, 2005; Posted: 8:07 a.m. EDT (12:07 GMT)


    CNN) -- White and black Americans view Hurricane Katrina's aftermath in starkly different ways, with more blacks viewing race as a factor in problems with the federal response, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Monday.

    The poll found that six in 10 blacks interviewed said the federal government was slow in rescuing those stranded in New Orleans after Katrina because many of the people in the Louisiana city were black. But only about one in eight white respondents shared that view.

    The numbers were similar on whether the rescues were slower because the victims were poor, with 63 percent of blacks blaming poverty and 21 percent of whites doing so.

    The poll, based on interviews with 848 whites and 262 blacks September 8-11, had a margin of error of plus or minus 6 percentage points. (Interactive)

    In a separate survey on Katrina reaction that was not broken down by race, a majority of those interviewed said they disapproved of President Bush's handling of the disaster. (Full story)

    Before the release of the polls, Bush denied allegations that the response to Katrina was slower because the thousands of people stuck in New Orleans were mostly poor and black. (See video on Bush's response to criticism -- 2:28)

    "The storm didn't discriminate, and neither will we in the recovery effort," said Bush, who toured the streets of New Orleans on Monday for the first time since the storm hit August 29.

    But according to the poll broken down by race, blacks were more likely to blame Bush for problems in New Orleans, with 37 percent holding him most to blame for the fact that many residents were trapped inside the city after it flooded.

    Twenty percent of blacks primarily blamed New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, 11 percent blamed the residents themselves and 27 percent blamed no one at all.

    Among whites, 29 percent blamed Nagin, 27 percent blamed the residents, 15 percent blamed Bush and 24 percent held no one responsible.

    Just over half of whites interviewed -- 51 percent -- said bureaucratic inefficiency was a bigger obstacle in the response than neglected domestic needs. But 56 percent of blacks blamed the domestic needs, such as emergency preparedness and infrastructure.

    More blacks than whites said they were angry about the government's response to Katrina, 76 percent to 60 percent, and Bush is one target of their ire.

    Among blacks, only 15 percent said Bush did a good job in the initial days after Katrina, and 36 percent thought he did a good job in recent days. The number for whites was 49 percent for the initial days and 63 percent more recently.

    With federal agencies in general, as compared with ratings for Bush in particular, the approval for the initial response was 13 percentage points lower among whites and 13 points higher among blacks.

    http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/12/kat...oll/index.html

  • #2
    "But only about one in eight white respondents shared that view."
    Who the hell did they interview? Deaf-blind-white-people?
    I'm white and I think race is certainly a reason for the slow help.
    Jack Bauer =

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    • #3
      I'm not tryin to attack America or anything,
      but there's always goin to be a "Racial Divide" when people/media talk like this:

      "White and black Americans view Hurricane Katrina's aftermath in starkly different ways..."

      I'm sure if you look closer at these people, it not be a "Racial Divide" it'll be a "Classism Divide", not actually Black & White people, but Rich & Poor people that don't agree.

      Skin colour is nothin, Money is everything!
      My Pathetic Attempts at Humour:
      The Misadventures of Ben

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      • #4
        It just shows how stupid people are, racial divide only works in the government's favor.

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        • #5
          If everybody would just realize there is no such thing as a race of people there would be no problem
          They thought I'll make another "Illmatic"
          But it's always forward I'm moving
          Never backwards stupid here's another classic

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          • #6
            Seems just like this board. Black and white people view things differently, and about 1 in 8 white people here actually think sensibly.

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