February 9th, 2009
12:40 PM ET
9 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. FreeNLovIt

    For credibility, the ELEPHANTS first need to pay back 5 trillion dollars that was left by W and then Ii'll start listening tothem again.

    February 9, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. Shannon

    I support the stimulus plan, simply because we need to get things moving again, and the plan has a lot of good things in it that do just that.

    The Republicans are obstructionists at this point, they are nitpicking the plan apart and trying to bring the whole thing down. They are following their leader, Rush, and hoping Obama fails. They are very poor losers, and can't accept the fact they lost. It seems as if they won't be happy until the stimulus plan morphs into the Republican ideology, cut taxes for the rich and hope it trickles down to everyone else.

    I really don't think they care about anyone else but themselves. I heard Republican John Ensign, a Senator from Nevada, say, "no teachers or law enforcement are being laid off, and people who say that are fearmongering." He is way out of touch, here in the state of California thousands of teachers are slated to be laid off.

    February 9, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. Jackson Johnson

    I am 'people' and no poll has contacted me. I am not in agreement with Obama's politics on any level.

    February 9, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. boered1

    Most people I have talked to, and I admit I do NOT hang out with the NASCAR, Bud drinkers, are in favor of this stimulus plan, the only ones I see protesting are two groups. 1 those who think the money should just be sent to them so they can buy a big screen TV from China and 2 Those who think the economy should collapse so they can then blame it all on Obama and the Democrats (who after all have been in power for <1 month and 2 years respectivily and therefore MUST be the cause not those who held power for over 2/3 of the last 38 years!) in both cases simply


    February 9, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. Jim in San Jose

    The party of No has reared it's continuing to be ugly head. No new ideas, no compromise, just the same old tired policies that got us into this mess in the first place.

    We are in uncharted territory and have to do the best we can with what we have to work with. The American people want a government that listens and what they are saying is that they need help. NOW!

    February 9, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I honestly think that some Republicans are trying to keep this recession going long enough to change the course of the 2010 elections. If there are still major problems, then they can say that Obama and Congress under the Democrats control did nothing; put us in charge and you will get solutions to problems. That will be almost an out-right lie, but it could work on television.

    February 9, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. Ted

    The GOP need to grow some brains. We had 8 years of their tax cut economy. The median income barely moved, but those at the top sure did well. More of the same will just continue this disaster.

    I know it does not matter to a GOP purist if every working American looses their job as long as they get tax cuts. Guess what? If you have no job a tax cut does nothing for you. Do you really think a business that has excess capacity will hire more workers if we cut it's taxes? Of course not, they will only hire when it is profitable. We are into a major downward cycle and need to give people jobs and jobless benefits to get them back to spending. THEN businesses will hire when denamd picks up and it is profitable.

    February 9, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. Glenda

    Yes we are behind the president and CHANGE from republican policies that have brought this nation to its knees and tragically tarnised our global reputation for democracy and morality. Yes we support honest effort at bipartisan solutions. Yes we are behind a leader who did the hard work to get this opportunity.

    February 9, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. ari from virginia

    This president has done more in twenty days to re-vitalize and bring about our political process in our country then many in the past has done in a generation!! While I think the checks and balances of the founding fathers are wise. The constant negativity about what to do and criticism and gloom and doom of what will happen if we do this is a little nuts!!!


    At least this president and his team is trying to pull us out of that ditch would it hurt us to at least listen to him and his team. It seems to me the last team did'nt do so well and did not even care where he put his country.

    Good luck to you Mr. President Obama, and yes 75% of us and even more are pulling for you. The other 25% need to get with the picture or we will be sitting like we did in 1929–1932

    February 9, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    I am behind Obama in getting us headed in the right direction to get us out of the mess Bush/Republicans got us into.

    February 9, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. Highly Favored

    David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs are absolutely correct. True Americans who really wish our country success support the President and his policies. As an American citizen I support the President 100%+.
    Never before in my lifetime have I ever seen a President so tapped into the hearts of the people . . . . ALL PEOPLE!

    President Obama has millions of people praying for his success and that he use wisdom in all his decisions. He is covered from the North, South, East and West. He will not fail . ... because the WORD of God is sharper than any DART anyone chooses to throw at him.

    America is a great country that has been crumpled because of the GREED of man. It will return not like it once was, but BETTER. Thank you President Obama for bringing dignity and respect back to the Oval office and to the United States.

    February 9, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. Ray Fisher

    The only way out of this depression is to save every dime as they did during the war and afterward. FDR tried special programs yet they didn't work as only jobs and savings rebuilt the economy. The President should begin a savings bond drive to pay down our debt and get people to save for a better day. Bank savings also provide lending capital!!!

    February 9, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. kevin

    Democrats voted for the first bailout of the banks. Check the facts and stop blaming it on the republicans. In fact, that bill failed in the house the first go around due to lack of republican support.

    February 9, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  14. obama all the way

    President Obama has the best interest of ALL America in mind, THE REPUBLICANS CAN'T STAND THE FACT THAT IT WILL WORK.

    February 9, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. Evie Quarterman

    Obama, you're so cute. You can stimulate my economy any time you want to...

    February 9, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  16. bananas

    As the Obama supporters fall into the abyss created by Obama and the DIMacrates they are grasping at anyone and anything to pull down with them.

    February 9, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. Larry Schlueter

    I do not believe the polls. But then again, I do not have many friends of the unintelligent democratic hate party, that is probably helping to 'create' the poll.
    For anyone that thinks this is good for the nation, there is no intelligence in those people. When are we going to hear how much this is actually costing the tax payer and not costing the welfare people. There are two groups of people that the economy has not hurt . . . these two are the Congress and the welfare recipients.

    February 9, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  18. Pam

    The answer is simple.
    Get the &^^%$ out of Iraq and funnel that money into our economy!

    February 9, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  19. Ted

    "Biggest lie ever. That because its a PORK BILL."

    Pork, so spenidng on roads and bridges that we need to do anyway (but have not been doing because we let tax-cutting morons in the GOP run the show for the last 8 years) is not pork. Money for school construction is not pork, money for unemployment benefits and helping hte states is not pork,.

    The biggest pork is the $15,000 for home purchases that would happen anyway. Pork inserted by the GOP moderates.

    February 9, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  20. Angie in Pa

    The public is FED UP, FED UP, With the GOP After the 8 years of a Horrible President, and Mccains Campaign PEOPLE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THE REPUBLICANS. I work in the Public and I hear it all the time,Republicans are even fed up with Republicans People are willing to Give President Obama a CHANCE!

    February 9, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  21. Lori

    Robert Gibbs knows that the American people are behind this President (higest ratings ever even for a honeymoon) and that the reason why people are against the stimulus is because the Democrats and the President need to be more vocal about it and not let the Republicans take over the airwaves with their slander of it.

    I'm glad President Obama is now doing a media blitz. He needs to take back the stage from the Republicans. They are no longer the ruling party for a reason.

    February 9, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. suz

    I think Gibbs is correct, the GOP sat by in the fall almost paralyzed and the dems forced the TARP bill into action. The dems end up looking bad even though it was the GOP lead administration that has caused and FAILED miserably to act.

    The people support the actions of the President and do not support the fained outrage of the repibs. President Obama has been speaking about this stimulus act for several months and obviously had much outlined before he became POTUS. For the repubs to behave in the manner they are is ridiculous. Particularly given their track record.

    Obama tried to cross the aisle, funny I didin't see McCain behaving in that manner this week though he constantly reminded evryone that he reaches across the aisle.

    The repubs are bitter ideologists that are trying to grab any remaininig power they may have. In doing so they ARE NOT thinking of the people of the USA, just being small minded as usual.

    This coming from an independent that has voted both democrat and republican. This time the president needs the countries support to get this bill through. I have already emailed both my senators...

    Get on board Republicans and help fix a fast dying America.

    suz, western NY

    February 9, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. Dawn

    To Enlightenment, to answer your question, they were cowering in fear of that stupid mushroom cloud somewhere in a small town USA.
    Remember Bush had a surplus and what did he do with that? That is a question you need an answer for that.

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

    I am behind Obama in his getting us out of the mess Bush/Republicans got us into. The Republicans continued obstructionism only shows their concern for the rich/right wing ideologies/power/party over country.

    February 9, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. Alan

    It is funny how everyone wants to point out wall streets "GREED", but then they don't consider themselves "GREEDY" when they want a handout from the govt.

    In case you live under rock: The govt is broke you idiots – it needs its own bailout.

    Where is the outcry over the dems recent retreat. They blasted all of the other broke companies that were retreating – where is the outcry!!

    February 9, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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