Katrina Bush Poll: Americans Not as Offended as Media

In a poll most likely to be played down by both the Washington Post and ABC News (sponsors of the poll), it shows that "far fewer take George W. Bush personally to task" for the hurricane, and "public anger about the response is less widespread than some critics would suggest."

This is not what you would assume by the media's coverage.

"Two-thirds in this ABC News/Washington Post poll say the federal government should have been better prepared to deal with a storm this size, and three-quarters say state and local governments in the affected areas likewise were insufficiently prepared."

According to the media, the federal government, and Bush and particular, deserves the bulk of the criticism.

When asked about Bush specifically, the poll found that "55 percent also say Bush does not deserve a significant level of personal blame for problems in the federal response to the crisis."