Poll Results: Katrina

August 20, 2015, 9:07 AM UTC

These are the topline results of a YouGov/Huffington Post survey of 1000 US adults interviewed August 18, 2015 on hurricane Katrina. The margin of error is 4.0%.

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As you may remember, after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the rapper Kanye West issued some public criticism. To the best of your knowledge, did West criticize:
President George W. Bush’s reaction to the hurricane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34%
Media coverage of the hurricane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3%
Both Bush and the media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14%
I don’t remember his comments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9%

After Hurricane Katrina, Kanye West said that "George Bush doesn’t care about black people." Thinking about Bush’s reaction to the hurricane in 2005, do you agree or disagree with West’s comment?
Strongly agree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12%
Somewhat agree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19%
Somewhat disagree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16%
Strongly disagree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19%

After Hurricane Katrina, Kanye West said, "I hate the way they portray us in the media. If you see a black family, it says they’re looting. See a white family, it says they’re looking for food." Thinking about media coverage of the hurricane in 2005, do you agree or disagree with west’s comment?
Strongly agree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14%
Somewhat agree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26%
Somewhat disagree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17%
Strongly disagree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17%

Over the past 10 years, do you think the way society discusses race has:
Improved . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12%
Stayed about the same . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31%
Gotten worse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6%

In general, do you think media coverage of stories involving racial minorities is more likely to be:
Biased IN FAVOR of racial minorities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34%
Fair in the way racial minorities are represented . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16%
Biased AGAINST racial minorities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18%