Joel Connelly
Seattlepi Blogs
June 8, 2010

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Almost two-thirds of Americans agree “strongly” or “somewhat” that the federal government should pursue criminal charges against BP and other companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll.

The poll, conducted Thursday through Sunday, found that 73 percent of the country feels that the nation’s greatest oil spill is a “disaster” with an additional 25 percent ranking it a “serious problem.”

“Public complaints against BP are twofold: Most give poor ratings to its reaction to the massive spill, and most blame the company and its drilling partners for taking unnecessary risks that could have caused the spill,” the poll reported.

The call for a criminal investigation did produce some partisan divide.

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