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May 13, 2010 9:38 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Despite gulf spill, Americans still want drilling

A new poll finds that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill hasn't stained President Barack Obama nor dimmed the public's desire for offshore energy drilling.

While some conservative pundits have called this "Obama's Katrina," that's not how the public feels. The AP-GfK poll found that BP PLC, the company that owns the well, is getting more of the public's ire.

The well has gushed more than 4 million gallons since an April 20 oil rig explosion. The poll found that 42 percent approve of Obama's actions, 33 percent disapprove and 21 percent say they have neutral feelings about his response.

Soon after Katrina, more disapproved of President George W. Bush's handling of the disaster than approved.

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