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. Enlightened

    Question – Where was the republicans outrage, opposition and obstructionism when bush was bankrupting this country, starting a war that was based on lies and bailing out the banks and running up a debt higher than any other president in history?

    February 9, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. Axel

    The White House is right on this one, Gallup has some very good data on this – the public is growing increasingly weary of the GOP's obstructionism and their message that investing in jobs (stimulus plan) is not as valuable as investing in wall street bonuses and kickbacks (the $700bn they approved immediately under Bush).

    Enough with the cronyism GOP, regular folks want jobs and jobs come with investment.

    February 9, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. udtlearner

    Your idea of good,isn't God's goodness!Therefore please explain a bit on your idea of good(tob)...And I
    bet it's actually twisted...

    February 9, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. JOE KILOZ

    THIS,,,,,,,,,,,ADMINISTRATION,,,,,,,,,,,WILL,,,,,,,,,PROCLAIM,,,,,,,,,,,VICTORY,,

    AND,,,,,,,,,,,,,A,,,,,,,,,,LANDSLIDE,,,,,,,,,,,OF,,,,,,,,,,,,,SUPPORT,,,,,,,,,,WITH,,,,,,,

    50% PLUS ,,,,,,,,,,ONE,,,,,,,,,,VOTE,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,WHAT,,,,,,,,,,,A,,,,,,,,,,,JOKE

    February 9, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. marc

    What polls are they referring to? Every poll shows the American public does not favor this spending (not STIMULUS) bill. All the liberals have to do is take the PORK out of this...let the tax breaks remain and watch the economy take off....it is so simple but too many hands are trying to get their things (spending ideas) in this "fast" pace bill.

    February 9, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    It's simple. A lot of scared Republican network owners are fighting for more tax cuts to put in their pockets, so they air nonsense from people like Shelby as though it deserves equal footing with what actual experts are saying, despite Shelby regurgitating GOP ideology that HAS BEEN DISPROVEN. It's time to stop equivocating. Lies and debunked nonsense should not get equal airtime with thoughtful commentary and fact-based opinions.

    February 9, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. Justified Cynic

    That's right. The polls are on your side and that's all that matters. Right?!

    Somebody needs to explain to B.O. and his team the meaning of the term "leadership." Did Lincoln care about polls? Did Reagan or Bush care about polls? Heck no. They were REAL LEADERS.

    February 9, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. Rob Kole

    I am on the side that gets me relief and I have to see that.

    February 9, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. dont_blame_me

    is this guy freakin serious? the "people" are behind a 9.7 TRILLION dollar stimulus plan.... really Mr. Gibbs?

    Really?

    wow... the audacity is insurmountable....................

    February 9, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. SHIRLEY "60"

    AS IF THE MEDIA EVER PRESENTS ANYTHING ACCURATELY? IT DOESN'T MATTER WHETHER IT'S THE LIBERAL, CONSERVATIVE, OR INDEPENDENT MEDIA, AND ARE ALL OF YOU AS SICK OF THAT AS I AM?

    February 9, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. Olbermann is a Bushie

    Darn right-wing media.
    :-)

    February 9, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. katiec

    The American people are most certainly behind President Obama's plan. Unfortunately, it is being butchered by politicians who favor their own agenda over the survival of our country.
    Until politics as usual is disbanded the American people will remain the victimns. The fact that many politicians are sacrificing the welfare of millions of people, do not seem to care about doing what is right, is criminal.
    We voted for change and change we demand. Please go to Gov.org, then contact elected officials, U.S. senators or representatives and call them to let them know your anger and disgust. This is so important.

    February 9, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. Joe in NJ

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

    Yes, I believe even more people are opposed to it than the media is reporting. Who and exactly how many people were polled?

    February 9, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. Richard

    Biggest lie ever. That because its a PORK BILL.

    February 9, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. jaye

    We are on his side – we elected him because we believe in him.
    I just want to know, from all the naysayers that are against the stimulus bill, how many have lost their jobs, or are wealthy, or are just people that want this bill to fail to make Obama look bad.
    It's hard for me to believe that people just don't understand the importance of this stimulus bill, and that they are so negative against it.
    Wake up people – time to take a course in economics so you'll understand the true importance of this bill.

    February 9, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. FreeNLovIt

    Using 1 trillion dollars to SUPPORT 100 Trillion dollars worth of global economy is WORTH it. Just do it!!! Be gUTSY!!! NO GUTS NO GLORY!!!

    February 9, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. Sue M

    I voted for President Obama, I still am behind him 100% and will continue to support him......he is trying to be a better and different President than we have ever had........he has put together a great team and I put my faith and trust in God that he will guide them and lead us out of this economy mess we are in......but I do belieive we all need to stand together or we will surely fail..........and for all you Obama haters out there, all of you that want to see him fail........if he fails and this country fails than you fail too.............is that what you want..........

    February 9, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. demwit

    If Bush spent 350 of that 700B.., what happened to Obama's half??

    February 9, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. Michael B.

    No poll shows the stimulus plan above 54%, and that's an outlier. Just because the Obama administration says the country supports it does not mean it's true. That's just a lie.

    February 9, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. Griff

    But more of your Business will still go out of the Country. Because "Big Business" does not trust you...

    February 9, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. FreeNLovIt

    We will die a DINOSAUR death of extinction if we keep listening to the RED STATEs. The economy NEEDS a SURGE. This is not the 1930's anymore. There's TOO many things to do and too little time.

    February 9, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. Bridget

    The republicans didn't have anything to be outraged about because their buddies were getting rich off the back of hard working people.

    Our country is in a real crisis and doing nothing isn't going to solve the problem. President Obama is doing the best he can and I for one am thrilled beyond belief that we have a president who cares, who is trying and who isn't wavering on putting us first.
    Characteristics I don't recall ever seeing in any one president over the last 20 yrs.

    February 9, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  23. Soccer Nana

    @Enlightened,

    I am waiting for a response to that exact same question.

    February 9, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. SS

    There are two categories of the population that need the most help and are the pillars of the economy. Homeowners and the unemployed, as long as this bill includes ways to help these folks, I'm all in...

    February 9, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  25. Jackson Johnson

    I am 'people' in the US; no-one asked me. I am not in agreement with the government slamming trillions of dollars needlessly for political purposes, which will not fix the economy. Obama is not my saviour. Jesus is.

    February 9, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
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