41 percent of Trump voters say administration failed in some way in Hurricane Maria response

Forty-one percent of people who voted for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump defends Stephanopolous interview Trump defends Stephanopolous interview Buttigieg on offers of foreign intel: 'Just call the FBI' MORE said he failed in some way in responding to Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico last year, according to a Hill.TV poll. 

The survey, conducted by Hill.TV and the Harris X polling company, found that 15 percent of Trump voters said the government did enough during the hurricane but did not do enough during the storm's aftermath. 

Another 15 percent of Trump voters said the government did not do enough during the hurricane but did enough during the aftermath. 

Eleven percent of Trump voters said the government did not do enough during and after the storm, while 59 percent said the government did enough during and after.

Trump has faced backlash for his administration's response to Hurricane Maria, which caused widespread damage in Puerto Rico last year. 

The survey comes after Trump ignited a firestorm about Hurricane Maria's death toll last week when he accused Democrats, without evidence, of inflating the death count from Hurricane Maria. 

"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths," Trump tweeted. "As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000."

"This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!" he continued. 

The tweet came as the administration was preparing for Hurricane Florence to hit the southeastern coast. 

"The optics of Puerto Rico are bad. It happened right after the hurricanes in Texas and in Florida, and actually when you compare the two, that's what really looks bad," HarrisX Poll CEO Dritan Nesho said on Hill.TV. 

"It seems like the federal government was on point for both Texas and Florida, but when it came to Puerto Rico, it was an afterthought," he continued. "That's what's so problematic about this continuing conversation, and Trump coming out so strongly against the fact that the response might have been or was underwhelming."  

The American Barometer was conducted on September 14-15 among 1,000 registered voters. The sampling margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percent. 

— Julia Manchester