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. Jerry

    Why is the Republicans are saying pork is in the bill when President Obama just explain most of the package. I really think that people who support the Republicans are sick as h////. Why would you try and cut most to the education bill and a few others that would help people with unemployment, health care, foreclosure and etc. People you better realize that the Republicans don't want to help you and if the Democrats are willing this time around you better get on board. President Obama knows what he is selling and asking for the American People but if you think it is pork, give it to the banks. Then you will see what is pork with their big spending in luxury hotels ans resorts.

    February 9, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. Peter

    First time heard Obama team complaining about media!

    February 9, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Angus McDugan

    Just keep saying it over and over and it will be true.

    February 9, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. mollygonz

    The naysayers on this post deserve to be left behind. I can't understand when President Obama is trying to push our country forward, why so many people are clueless. We need money for education. We need money for healthcare. We need money for our infrastructure. When so much has been spent on the war, how could anyone be against this. I'm done with our money going to other countries. It's about time that it stays here and invests in us and our children. You naysayers need to get a life.

    February 9, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool

    Heck yes, let's blindly follow and get Bailout II done, so we can start on Bailout III tomorrow, and bailout IV, bailout V, how many bailouts will the American taxpayer be asked to pay for so the wealthy crooks do not lose more money? How many more Americans will pay for this with the loss of their jobs?
    Every Government job created will cost ten jobs in the private sector.

    February 9, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Keith

    "The American people are most certainly behind President Obama's plan."

    What planet are you from?

    The American people are NOT behind this plan and 58 million of us are not behind Obama.

    February 9, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Lucinda

    I support the bill - but it was a lot better before the Republicans screwed with it. if you can't get a loan to buy a house, how does it help to give a tax credit for buying one? And cutting taxes has not worked for the past 8 years. Why would it help now? Remember the Bush stimulus checks?

    February 9, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. Bill_ MA

    Republicans lied to the people to start their trillion+ dollar war.They are telling lies again. Republicans know what a disaster they brought to this country, and do not want the Democrats to get us back on our feet. They don't mind spending money as long as it is in the form of tax cuts for their rich friends. Anything that is going to improve the lives of ordinary citizens is unwanted by republicans. They want working people to live in a plantation style economy where unions are forbidden, and a better way of life is just a dream.

    February 9, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. showme

    show me how this will create jobs and i will back it 100%.
    show me how this will prevent my taxes from skyrocketing and i will back it 100%
    show me how this will get money funneled into the rigth places and i will back it 100%
    show me how this will prevent lazy, welfare collecting, lottery ticket buying dregs on society from getting any of it and i will back it 100%

    until then you got nothing.

    February 9, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Glenda

    The president is the leader for the American people as one of his key stakeholders, not just the senate and the house. That's why the polls matter too. Our voice counts. That's why he is president.

    February 9, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. Power To The American People

    Yes, I'm one of the people and I am on Obama's side. We elected him to go to Washington and make a difference. It's the sore-losers, the Republicans and some Dems who are jealous, who won't work with the president. Well, their time in Washington will be over when the voters, who are losing their jobs, vote them out.

    Obama has convinced us that we deserve better, and we do. We'll make sure that happens in 2010. Power to the American people.

    Obama 2012!

    February 9, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. Ted

    The Republicans continue to whine that their voice isn't being heard on this. When they were the majority under Bush, they didn't care that the Democrats were even in the room. The Republicans need to stop hiding behind their useless rhetoric and get involved and reach across the aisle and do the job they were elected to do.

    February 9, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. RealityKing

    America's Debt to GDP ratio is 68% today. Higher than normal thanks to Bush. But Obama's plans will push that to 90% by the end of next year, and 100% to win re-election 2012. Just watch the dollar plummet in value.

    America's shrinkage factor.., change you can believe in.

    February 9, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. Taxpayer

    CNN is showing how much they can't stand President Obama...because it is clear to me that this story was only published as a plot to make the President look clumsy or goofy. But it back fired and YOU ALL at CNN look real silly for reporting this as news worthy. The man is PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES...let it go!!!!The People has voted....He is the President whether he bumps his head or not...I hate to see if he accidentally falls.

    NEWS FLASH! TO CNN AND ALL YOU HATERS OUT THERE

    PRESIDENT OBAMA IS THE HEAD MAN IN CHARGE!
    (REPORT THAT)

    peace and love

    February 9, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. Wheres the change

    WHo the heck did they poll??? The illegals that voted for this clown or the unemployed that did?
    Everyone I talk to is against this PORK bill, but of course I am talking to people at wokrkand not at home wating for a check

    February 9, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. no corporate politics

    "denied that President Obama was effectively hitting the campaign trail again to try to sell the stimulus bill."

    Lying surrogate. Flying around with press and campaign speeches and public photo-ops. Dude, you know we can SEE him, right?

    Obama lie of the day – someone must have started a web site on this.

    February 9, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. Obama Fan

    The repugs are a running scared- cause what happekns if the plan goes through and works- and all the rich cronies don't get a thing. And what if the all mighty rich and powerful fall from their high and mighty platforms?

    It would mean the end of the Repugs and they know it- so why would they support it.

    I listened to the Prez explain the bill in Elkhart today. Sounds perfectly legit to me. I don't see that much pork. HE makes sense.

    What Prez in recent history have you seen hold a town hall and take questions from the public AFTER he was elected? NONE!

    I say what the repugs have slung the last 8 years hasn't worked- time to give something else a try.

    And I think by doing these Town Halls and the Press Conf tonight he is telling CONGRESS TO SUCK IT!!!

    And I LOVE IT! :)

    February 9, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. Wolf-Woman Palin Charlotte, NC

    Someone needs to make an issue that the Republicans INSISTED (particularly McCain) that the "made in American" section was removed from the stimulus package. To kiss up to them, it was rermoved and they still are voting against it.

    February 9, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. boered1

    marc we have WATCHED the economy on tax breaks for the rich like the republicans want, we saw it falter in the 1980s under Regan and then totally collapse under the Bush tax cuts, we no longer buy the idea that tax cuts will redcover the economy. What needs to happen is for the rich republicans, who own the banks, to open up and start lending, not to the average person but to companies so they can cantinue to make goods and people can keep jobs so they can continue to buy items. This recession/collapse is partly the making of the republicans (who have controlled either the Presidency or the Congress or BOTH since the 1960s with the exception of the first 2 years of Carter and Clinton and the 1st month of Obama) and partly the making of the MSM who keep telling everyone it is terrible causing people to panic, and mostly the fault of a banking industry without governmental checks, and republicans who believe that an unfettered market will always do what is right instead of understanding that what is right for a coproration is NOT right for the US as a whole!

    And to those who point to the stupidity of bush, who did not understand and probably still does not understand that being wrong requires you to change your methods ,as leadership when Obama, who tried to have the republicans involved but all they could say was what Rush allows them to say and therefore were worse than useless, is not being a leader all I can say is...

    idiots

    February 9, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. Mark

    His approval ratings will continue to fall. Has he even tried to live up to any of his campaign promises?

    February 9, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. Richard

    How can you be a leader without taking in cosideration of what the people want??? The goverment is there to voice what the people want, not what the goverment wants!

    February 9, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. Mark

    Better learn to speak Chinese!

    February 9, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. Regular People

    Sniffit- You. Nailed. It.

    February 9, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. CML

    The polls are not accurate. I don't base one thing on those things, I didn't during the the campaign and i don't now. All you know it all who keep saying the american people are not behind this package are a bunch of liars. The american people are in a dire situation and this package is a start. Where were you republician loser when bush and those other repubs congress put us in this mess?

    February 9, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. Robin

    I wasn't asked. All I can say is, "Got Pork?"

    February 9, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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