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Americans struggle to make sense of spill

UPDATE 1:05 p.m.: Reuters has released details of its Ipsos poll. It indicates that 56 percent of Americans believe offshore drilling is still necessary. Looked at another way, it says, "69 percent have not changed their views on drilling despite the spill."


A new round of polls this week show that even after nine weeks, Americans still haven't reached much of a consensus on the Gulf oil spill, except that BP is bad.

A Gallup daily tracking report released last night show the public is still just about split on President Obama's handling of the response, with 44 percent approving his performance. That's basically unchanged from early June.

A New York Times/CBS poll out today indicates that 49 percent of Americans oppose increasing offshore oil drilling, while 42 percent approve. But Reuters says it's about to report a poll it conducted with Ipsos North America that shows "a majority of Americans" still support offshore drilling on the U.S. coastline.

Reuters gives no numbers yet, so we don't know how far apart the Ipsos and NYT/CBS polls are.

One thing nearly everyone agrees on: Blame BP. Only 16 percent approve of BP's handling of the spill in the Gallup poll; it's in single digits in the Ipsos poll.

We'll post details of the Ipsos poll once it and Reuters release the data.

— Alex Johnson