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. single mom

    Mr. President, the American people need you to tell Congress that the government cannot spend more than it takes in. It's very simple – all Americans know this. Why can't Congress understand such a concept?
    My suggestion – 10% for interest and every thing else gets the proportion of the average spent for the past 10 years. Oh, and cut out international charity. Let's take care of our own country first. That will help other countries more in the long run. Use that money on our infrastructure – highways, more railroads, security on the borders, inspections for bridges, levees and dams.

    February 9, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. school maintenance

    Absolutely correct.......Obama we are on your side.....get funding for schools back in the bill......that pork is protein for the brain & jobs.

    February 9, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. Lori

    Think of the Recovery this way. If we don't spend enough to get the economy going again, or do nothing, we stand to lose $1 trillion next year alone. If we spend approximately $850 billion and avert the loss, we come out ahead of the game. It's about doing what needs to be done to stop the blood loss. "Let it work itself out" is not an answer. Giving only tax cuts is not the answer, it's the definition of insanity (doing the same thing over & over and expecting a different result).

    February 9, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. HA! HA!

    @Justified Cynic February 9th, 2009 1:09 pm ET
    Bush is the reason for this season

    February 9, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. Aventurian

    We need something DONE in congress NOW. People are losing jobs, left and right. If the Republicans DON'T move on it, they'll be the ones that everyone will blame for letting us go to hell in a hand-basket. Tax cuts are for rich people and businesses: they DON'T put money into people's hands to spend, or provide a safety net for the jobless. GEt on the stick: the clock is ticking here...and people's livelihoods are on the line.

    February 9, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. Loyal Democrat in MD

    CNN please post
    I support President Obama's plan b/c it will bring JOBS & income to those of us who are still trying to hold our heads above water after 8 years of failed GOP policies that help out only the "higher-ups."
    Let's give the President we elected a chance to do things HIS way!!!

    February 9, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. Holly

    The stimulus plan is a short term fix, a band-aid.
    The long term fix would be:
    1. To extend Medicare A and B to all Americans, i.e. government sponsored health insurance. This s important, because then it lowers health care costs across the board, employers can buy into it at reduced premium rates for their employees, the uninsured can afford it, if everyone is covered then premiums are evened out in the long run and health care becomes more afordable, and finally, it takes out a huge portion of costs for employers who might want to create manufacturing jobs here.
    2. To eliminate free trade policies in favor of fair trade policies. Free trade policies have shipped our good paying indutrial jobs to Asia. Have you noticed their standard of living has gone up considerably, while ours is floundering? At some point, it won't matter how cheap the goods are, when there's no money to pay for them. I advocate using the tax system to create and maintain jobs here in America. Practically eliminate taxes for corporations that provide lots of good paying industrial jobs in the USA. Give them tax credits to bring the jobs back. And penalize with higher taxes those who ship our jobs overseas.
    3. Fix Social Security; and create a law that requires a pension fund be established for every worker, managed by the employer, that requires 3% pre-tax per check be put into the retirement fund. Employers could choose whether or not to contribute additionally to the fund, and the retirement fund should follow the worker from job to job.

    February 9, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. Steve-O

    If the press really reported hom many of us really feel, and O-man did like Billy, this bill would be dead in the water. This "stimulus" bill is a bill that will stynie the American economy.

    February 9, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Scott the Independent

    Is anyone surprised that President Obama is calling to people of the country to rally to his side. TO ME CALLS THE GENERAL; it is time to take on the old establishment. I wonder if the republicans thought of President Obama campaigning for their democratic opponents in 2010........SMILE

    February 9, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. Donna

    These high mighty Republicans. Did they just receive their sight? For eight years Bush was bankrupting the U.S.; we went to war over lies; we bailout AIG, CITIgroup and others with absolutely no oversight and now President Obama and his administration are trying to clean up their mess of eight years and the media they are just looking for a good story and they do not care if what they are reporting is factual or not in the end it is their ratings. Well WHAT ABOUT THE thousands of persons unemployed and loosing their homes.

    February 9, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Nat, NYC

    No way!!! Your polls are wrong! Only people on welfare and irresponsible individuals will want this so called "stimulus".

    February 9, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. mollygonz

    WHERES THE CHANGE.. I didn't know that illegals could vote..hmm..interesting.?? I'm one of those that voted for Obama. I guess that either makes me an illegal or unemployed of which I am neither. Thanks for your extraordinary insight.

    February 9, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    spending = stimulus, you GOP morons

    tax cuts = trickel-down economics = "trust corporate america to do the right thing" = why we're in this mess

    February 9, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. Glenda

    Only GOP comments are being posted. CNN is losing its credibility as an unbiased news source. Yes we are supporting the president in large numbers for Change against GOP failed practices and lack of ideas that are effective for the american people.

    February 9, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Wynter

    The odd thing is the amount of "misinformation" being spread on the Stimulus by FOX News and the GOP pundits.
    The facts are simple.
    Spending does create Jobs.
    Spending does increase the GDP.
    Tax Breaks DO NOT create Jobs.
    Tax Breaks actually impede economic recovery.

    When FDR was inaugurated during the end of the Great Depression, he introduced his stimulus plan called the New Deal. Despite the GOP Myth to the contrary, the New Deal lifted the country's GDP and reduced unemployment to record levels by the time Pearl Harbor was attacked. So to those that claim the World War brought us out of the Great Depression, check your historical records! FDR's New Deal (Stimulus Plan) brought this country back from the Great Depression!

    Time to do it again! Tell you Republican Senators to stop Obstructing the bill!!!

    February 9, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. Scott the Independent

    Where the change – got one question for you – are U better off now than you were 8 years ago; if so you must be a close friend of George Bush and we wouldn't expect you to rally to our Presidents call.

    February 9, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Hat's off in a salute to Enlightened: How short some GOP memories are – but they are the party of "I don't recall" as well as "borrow and spend."

    One GOPer was railing against Pell grants: totally ignorant of the idea that if you give a man a fish – he'll eat for a day: teach a man to fish, and he will feed his family for life. When you look a little deeper than the GOP rhetoric, you see that what they foolishly call "pork" is creative use of taxpayer dollars.

    February 9, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. Eyes of Texas are Upon You

    The American people do not support the spendulus bill!! This is hypocrisy!

    February 9, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. howie

    The more americans find out about the details of the stimulus package the more disapprove it. Approval is down to 51% per todays gallup poll

    February 9, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. Brian - Trinidad

    I was around when Nixon's press secretary used to stickhandle around questions,and watching Gibbs stickhandle around all those Obama nominees who don't pay taxes or are under investigation,it reminds me of the Nixon era.Oh,and by the way,how many Bush nominees had to withdraw for these reasons.And what about Clinton,always maligned as a cheat,crook,liar,etc etc by the Obama campaign and her nomination was smoothly approved by the Senate!

    February 9, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. Ellie, MD

    The Gallop Poll is right to the extend that President Obama HAS the power of the people behind him.

    Those naysayers and Obama haters are just ignorant to the fact that they will SUFFER if President Obama fails. It's just that simple.

    Anyone idiot can talk trash and bash, that's easy. But YOU are not the President, YOU don't have make these decisions and walk the walk. You did NOT inherit a BIG PILE OF POOP from President Bush and his GOP dick-heads who did nothing but gave tax breaks to the WEALTHY and spent, spent spent!!!

    So until YOU are walking in President Obama's shoes, please do us all a favor and SHUT THE HELL UP!!!

    February 9, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. Yamini from San Diego

    well… it is very well understood that

    1) The Governement HAS to intervene and reignite the economy
    2) The Dems are going to have Pork and barrel spending and push political agenda items like the Hollywood one.

    What is NOT likeable and appreaciated is ALL these MOTHAPUKKAS who complain about the PROBLEM (Stimulus) AND not pragmatically come up with what someone needs to fix and CUT down in that bill….

    The GOP is behaving like the regular idiots here – if you STEP UP and list what items need to be cut out and seek public support, I will be the first one to support and there will be tonnes of solution oriented folks!! Is anyone interested in NOT just politics there??? I should give credit to Obama for reaching out and trying to get something done…


    February 9, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. lisa010

    If you don't think Pork as you call it provides or maintains jobs, I have a bridge to sell you.

    I'm for it along with anyone who understand government on a local level. You only want the benefits without understanding how services are provided to you.

    I'd say – America does want the plan, and if your state wants to opt of of the money that's to go to it, then have your reps return the checks – PLEASE!

    February 9, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. Virginia

    Dream on, suckers!!!!

    February 9, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  25. John

    President Obama never believed he would get approval for the $800 billion dollars, his job is to orchestrate the law makers into action. That's what they're doing, Obama understands that it's our representatives responsibility to debate, and workout the most efficient allocation of "our" tax dollars. Remember that Iraq continues to leach billions of dollars borrowed from our trade partners.

    February 9, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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