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.