Poll: Gulf Spill Response Worse than Katrina

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A new poll shows Americans think the federal government has been doing a poor job responding to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The ABC News-Washington Post poll revealed 69 percent of those surveyed gave the federal response a negative ranking. That's a higher percentage from people who were polled about the government's response following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina back in 2005.

The news comes as British Petroleum's latest effort to stop the oil spill seems to be working. The new containment cap is capturing about 460,000 gallons of oil a day, but much oil is still leaking.

BP plans to later replace the cap with a slightly bigger one that will provide a tighter fit and collect more oil.

However, President Obama cautioned that it could still take months to contain the leak.

"There is going to be damage to the Gulf Coast and there is going to be economic damages that we've got to make sure BP is responsible for," Obama said.

Meanwhile, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, who is overseeing the cleanup, has pushed BP to work faster in paying damages to those hurt by the oil spill.

"We're actually going to have a meeting with British Petroleum this week and try and simplify their ability to actually handle the claims from businesses," Allen said. "They've brought in contractors and claims adjusters that are working with them, but we think they need to do that better and quicker.

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