February 9th, 2009
12:40 PM ET
5 years ago

President’s team says the polls and people are on their side

Obama’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, said the media wasn’t accurately reflecting public sentiment on the stimulus.
Obama’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, said the media wasn’t accurately reflecting public sentiment on the stimulus.

WHITE HOUSE (CNN) – As a new CNN poll Monday showed President Obama far more popular than his stimulus plan, his team told reporters public support for the package was far deeper than surveys might suggest.

“Here’s the point folks: We’ve got a good plan to deal with a deep crisis,” Senior Advisor David Axelrod told reporters on Air Force One, as the president journeyed to Elkhart, Indiana to push for the plan. “The American people support it, and we’re urging everyone in Congress to catch up with the people on this one.”

Obama’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, said the media wasn’t accurately reflecting public sentiment on the stimulus.

“I think David [Axelrod] talked to you about where the public is on this, and I think it's illuminating because it may not necessarily be where cable television is on all of this,” Gibbs said.

Gibbs denied that President Obama was effectively hitting the campaign trail again to try to sell the stimulus bill. “I think there's a myopic viewpoint in Washington,” Gibbs said. “And I think Washington needs to understand what happens in Florida, and Indiana, and Michigan, and Ohio, and Pennsylvania - states that have seen huge in unemployment: 598,000 jobs - 20,000 - Americans lost 20,000 jobs a day last month. That's what we're highlighting.”

A new CNN/Opinion Research poll suggests that three-quarters of the country approves of the job Obama is doing as president, while a majority support the stimulus plan, 54 to 45 percent. The survey has a sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.


Filed under: David Axelrod • President Obama • Robert Gibbs
soundoff (214 Responses)
  1. Steph

    CNN's reporting is definitely biased against the stimulus package. Almost every time I turn on the tv or hit the CNN web page, I see a Republican predicting ruin. What are the odds that it should be a Republican every time?

    Their interviewers are always asking questions highlighting the "shortfalls" of the stimulus plan. I never hear positive things about putting people to work again and making our infrastructure strong.

    We've neglected this country for so long while we waged phoney wars and handed out billions overseas.

    I'd much rather see the investment today that provides a return tomorrow than tax cuts that the rich put into savings and not spending.

    Come on CNN – give the Democrats as much air time as you give the Republicans and present the positive's of the stimulus plan.

    Maybe your reporters should be fired and see what it's likek to join the unemployed.

    February 9, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. dave

    Hey you CNN ppl, instead of reporting on the positive effort made by the prez, you there supporting negative news from scrash-out repubs who preaching politics instead of helping solve the ppl problems. I'm just so sick of you CNN of all these garbage news you putting out each day! you gotta work on that!

    February 9, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. Joshua College Station Texas

    I like it when the President's press secretary calls the media's bluff on some issue, and the public sides with the President instead of the media! That's new! (It's been a few years, hasn't it, CNN?)

    Maybe the people trust Obama more than they do the 24-hour news cycle.

    February 9, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. Mike in VA

    Job creation my foot. This Porkulus bill is a scam on the American ppl. Resonable ppl know this. This is not as dire as Obama is making it. It is a recession and the economy will turn around on it's own. Always has, always will. Obama and his cronies are working America and America is letting it happen.

    February 9, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Luke

    Yamini – the Republicans did put together an alternate plan, and it only cost half as much

    But since the messiah wasn't the one introducing it, none of the kool-aid drinkers bothered to notice.

    February 9, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. Tax the rich

    Lisa, I guess you think that one successful President was Reagen? He was an idiot.

    February 9, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. jim

    Aren't they effectively blaming CNN, among others, for this? Hmmm.

    February 9, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. Richard in Oakland

    Tax cuts will not work. Any business owner knows that only demand will spur increased investment and spending by business. Otherwise they will wait to see where the economy is heading, hording their cash like it's the last money on earth. Same for individuals. This stimulus needs spending, not tax cuts. Republicans are flat out wrong on this.

    February 9, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. Linda

    Now that's funny. The ever political Camp Obama say anything, facts be danged.

    Gee, which poll numbers are on your side, the just released numbers that show 37 percent support the stimulus? And it probably only has that because they don't know about all the kickback and bribery pork in the bill.

    2 billion for Illinois New Gen Coal Plant that was already closed for ineffieciency.

    6 Billion to colleges
    39 Billion for Cobra insurance holders
    650 million for digital tv coupons
    300 million for contracteptives
    600 million for government workers new cars

    ...Obama is making a wish list for his campaign contributors and tacking on something for everyone else he wants the support of.

    He throws in billions of dollar for each state to spend as they wish, so he can get them to endorse it. Now ask how that is supposed to create jobs or stimulate the economy.

    This has NOTHING to do with what it was supposed to do. Obama may have forgot, this is not the Budget, that's still to come, this was supposed to be a STIMULUS bill to creat jobs and spur the economy . It's bad enough he has shown he has no bold plan, but to resort to added spending than what he complained of his predessor, is just plain o b s c e n e.

    February 9, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. amt, CA

    Pres Obama I am behind you & your stimulus bill 100%. Repubs got us into this mess, now they think we should let them continue to run things ? they should would get lost !!

    February 9, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    @ Don't Blame Me

    Gallup shows it at 52%. You going to claim Gallup's biased? Methinks your definition of "neutral" may have something to do with whether or not you're hearing affirmation of what you had already chosen to believe prior to looking at the poll.

    February 9, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. yuri

    And the next logical step is to cash in on this huge popularity at the earliest opportunity. Obviously, it is not a given that all the actions of a popular leader will garner immediate and unconditional support. The jealous opponents will do everythinag they can to thwart his progress, in a subtle, but stubborn way. Cases in point are Mike Pence,R-Ind, and the handsome Shelby from beautiful Alabama, just to quote a few.

    February 9, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    @ Luke

    No, we noticed. The GOP put together a bill that was a straight-forward rehash of the ideological voodoo that got us into this mess: tax cuts tax cuts tax cuts. They did NOT come to the table with new ideas or a willingness to compromise...they simply wanted to make a token effort proposing that we continue running the country in the same manner we have for the past 8 years and hope it all works out for the best. Nobody bought it because their attack of conscience regarding fiscal reposnisbility coincided suspiciously with the election and swearing in of Democrat. We all know they just want tax cuts to reduce the government's capital to prevent him from getting anythign done.

    February 9, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. Big D

    This has already been noted by many other posters – but I want to reiterate a crucial point. The GOP was given an enormous gift by the media – they were allowed/invited to go on TV again and again, and spout their talking points over and over. And noone questioned them on those points or pushed back on the obvious distortions. And then to no surprise – many people started to question the stimulus plan. So the bigger question is – why was the media coverage of this so distorted? I can't remember a single other legislative proposal in the past that had Dem's getting unrestrained coverage to spout off about an R proposal. So why did the GOP get this time now? And why didn't anyone ever ask 'can you back up that point with something deeper than a talking point'?

    February 9, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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