Who says these are politically divisive times? Okay, everyone does, but a new poll funded by the Walton Family Foundation suggests that restoring the Gulf Coast is bringing voters together.
The poll reveals that 72 percent of voters in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas would vote for a senator or representative or anyone at the federal level who supports funding restoration efforts along the Gulf Coast following the BP oil spill.
The poll also shows that 87 percent of voters say that the “environmental health” of the region affects the economy of the region. Additionally, the poll says 78 percent of voters support the idea of creating a fund from fines for environmental violations (including those to be paid by BP) that will go toward restoring the Gulf Coast.
The percentages in the polls are striking. At a time when Congress, President Obama and pretty much anything having to do with the federal government are getting unfavorable ratings, it's amazing to see numbers ranging between 70-90 percent in favor of anything.
The poll is also interesting because of the timing of its release. President Obama announced this week that a long-term recovery team for working on recovery in the region will be headed by former Mississippi governor and current Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. In forming the recovery team, Mabus said he favors the idea of creating a fund for repairing the “ecological, economic, ecological, public health and psychological damage caused by the oil spill.”
The idea certainly makes sense, and there is support for it in the political arena. This is further proof that nothing brings people together like a disaster. And furthermore, nothing unites voters like anger directed at BP.