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UPDATED: 08:48, September 06, 2005
Poll shows Americans blame government for disaster unreadiness
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Americans are broadly critical of the government's preparedness to Hurricane Katrina, but far fewer hold US President George W. Bush personally for such problems, a latest survey found.

According to newly released results of the ABC-Washington Post poll available on Monday, two-thirds of the interviewees said the federal government should have been better prepared to deal with a storm of such size,and three-quarters said state and local governments in the affected areas were insufficiently prepared.

Forty six percent approved of Bush's handling of the natural disaster while 47 percent disapproved.

The survey was conducted by telephone on Sept. 2, 2005, among a random national sample of 501 adults.

The poll also showed emotional responses to the rescue efforts fall short of broad outrage.

Forty five percent of Americans are angry about the federal government's response to the hurricane situation -- that is plenty, but short of a majority.

Bush is currently on his second ground tour to hurricane- ravaged areas in the south, and has promised to try the best to " get things right."

Source: Xinhua

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