Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Texans Down on Barton

Texans think that Barack Obama's right and Joe Barton's wrong when it comes to BP's responsibility for cleaning up the oil spill, and a plurality of voters in the state think Barton should lose his leadership post on the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Only 18% of voters think that BP deserved the apology Barton sent its way last week to 65% who think it did not. Barton doesn't even get much support from Republican voters on that front- only 23% of them say it was right to apologize to BP. With Democrats and independents the numbers are even lower at 17% and 12% respectively.

64% of Texans think the President was right to ask BP to compensate victims of the oil spill with only 27% opposed to that move. Support for Obama's action comes from 88% of Democrats, 59% of independents, and even a 45% plurality of Republicans.

This episode is having a negative impact on how voters in Texas perceive Barton overall. Only 21% have a favorable opinion of him while 28% see him negatively. 42% of voters in the state think he should resign from his leadership position to 31% who think he should remain in it.

None of this should have much impact on Barton's personal prospects for reelection, as his district tilts strongly to the GOP side. But Republicans are well advised to stay clear of Barton's comments, because the poll numbers indicate this is an issue where Democrats could find some resonance with independent voters. They see Barton negatively by a 35/14 margin, think he should lose his leadership post by a 45/29 spread, think Obama was right on this issue 59/29, and oppose an apology to BP 75/12. Given those numbers GOP leaders would probably like to see this issue disappear as soon as possible.

I doubt this whole episode is going to be very important four months from now- it's too long away from the election and doesn't have that much direct impact on voters across the country- but Barton would do his party by a favor by shutting his mouth for a couple weeks and letting the story die.


Anonymous said...

Mr. Barton will not receive this Texan's vote in the next election.

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be helpful if you posted the actual question?

DCThrowback said...

He was correct on the shakedown. Too bad the rest of the statement was off target.

Anonymous said...

Barton was inelegant, clunky, and mediocre. He is not made for these self-chosen 'shining moments'.

But we have laws that apply to BP, and BP has not indicated any intention of attempting to avoid responbility. This 'out in front of bankruptcy' taking of a large chunk of their assets is what it is. Barton didn't do a good job of saying what it is. But it is EXTRA CONSTITUTIONAL. It is authoritarian. It is not pretty, and not a good sign of things to come. BP screwed up and is guilty. That does not entitle Obama to become a dictator.

Dave in Dallas

Marty Griffith said...

This Texan is not down on Barton. He was right to say what he said. Our government is out of control, and out to control EVERYTHING. Shakedowns of companies are no prettier than are paybacks for votes on ObamaCare or Tax and Trade. Texans are known for calling things what they are and that is what Joe did.
BTW "On Feb. 13, BP told the minerals service it was trying to seal cracks in the well about 40 miles (64 kilometers) off the Louisiana coast, drilling documents obtained by Bloomberg show. Investigators are still trying to determine whether the fissures played a role in the disaster." This info can be found at
There is blame on both sides of this, but Obama only blames BP and of course does not blame his own slothfulness and fecklessness at all.

Mary said...

I really don't know who conducts the poll and what Texan's they are polling, but I live in Texas and everyone I have spoken with about Barton agrees with his comment.

This is a totally unconstitutional shakedown by a Chicago thug. He has usurped his constitutional authority and should be impeached.

Dustin Ingalls said...

The full results, folks:

diligentdem said...

If you try living in LA. after what has happened, you would all be asking for more money from BP.
Life WILL NEVER be the same there.

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