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
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  1. pat C.

    YES WE ARE 100% BEHIND OUR PRESIDENT. the republicans are trying as hard as they can to make it seem like we are not.. the republican party needs to go away and stay away untill president abama can pull this country back out of the sewer and make us profitable again. the rich have ruined us with there high and mighty tax breaks for their own kind, but now it is time for ALL americans to be counted. the GOP is just a has been good ole boys ferternity where only the rich and white were wanted.IT'S OVER BOYS...GET OUT!

    February 9, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. WhoCares?

    The whole MSM being a liberal slant is just hogwash.

    Republicans are brought onto the Weekend Shows at a 3 to 1 ratio as Democrats.

    All you hear on Sunday is one Republican after another.

    The rish media moguls are getting scared they actually might have to pay taxes IN THE US. They want more tax-cuts for themselves.

    February 9, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. marc

    how can one be behind Obama's plan..for instance lets look at the MOB museum....in Las Vegas. To be built for the mob. (who is behind this museum?) by union labor (who supported Obama presidential campaign) at the taxpayers cost (not Las Vegas) to be built with American made materials (again materials from union held companies). Its payback time from the president to the union at OUR expense. Watch how much the material and labor will cost the taxpayer...which no one is talking about...oh and the profits to the contractor (probably run by the union and mob) or should I say to the mob. The liberals are afraid of the mob retaliation especially since a majoroty of Obama's administration is from CHICAGO...mob home base.

    February 9, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. Susan, Macedon New York

    Someone thinks Reagan and Bush were great leaders? Reagan was an actor spouting lines and Bush barely graduated from college!
    Not to mention destroying every company he tried to run!

    I can't believe the Dems in the senate let the GOP bulldoze them into giving up aid to the states!! That's where the recovery is going to come from and leaving state and local governments twisting in the wind is only going to lead to more service cutbacks and layoffs. Who's going to be around to administer all of these benefits for the unemployed and those collecting food stamps? Who is going to help people find jobs if all the libraries (with their FREE INTERNET) are closed to those who don't have resources of their own?

    Republicans don't care. They just want to make sure their rich friends are taken care of. I thought we'd gotten rid of those greedy, arrogant jerks? Why are the Dems caving when they have the majority?

    Sometimes the Democratic Party really disappoints me.


    February 9, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Chris from NY

    Every other country in the world has done what we are trying to do and their problem has not yet been solved. And we are here spitting in each other's face while debating whether or not to do something. The Republicans should not just be obstructionists. Let them come up with an alternative that's not just about tax cuts for the rich.

    February 9, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. Maggie from Virginia

    Where's the change,

    I'm sure everyone you talk to voted for McCain. You see where that got you. You sould like a child "everyone I talk to is against this Pork bill". Like you and your kind speak for all of America. Laughable. Talking to people with diverse view points may help you grow. Try it out sometime.

    February 9, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. Jo

    Does everyone know what PORK is? Look it up! Because this is not pork.

    I'd like to repeat Enlightenment's wonderful question:
    "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 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. Sheryl


    February 9, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. coder

    The stimulus checks last year did nothing (except burn our tax money)
    The Bush Bailout last year did nothing (except burn our tax money)
    The proposed Obama bailout...er...stimulus will do nothing (except burn tax money)

    Why do we need Bailout II RIGHT NOW? We just spent $700billion that did nothing...shouldn't we be figuring out why? Shouldn't we make that money move first rather than throwing more money at it?

    Mr. Obama, You were elected to do things differently. This is exactly the same as Bush's failed bailout.

    February 9, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. Mike in Ca

    Wow, so much hatred and ridicule, let's hope that those in charge of helping the economoy can work together better that all those on this blog.

    February 9, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. Gene

    Everyone keeps calling this package a "Pork" bill.. well, everyone in the conservative radio talk circuit, and those who listen to it.

    Then you look at the breakdowns of where the money is going... Defense, Infrastructure, Education, and individual state projects that would put thousands of people to work.

    I keep hearing people calling this bill "Pork". Will someone please give an example of which part of it is Pork.. because so far every part of this bill looks like it would put people to work and provide much needed services to our country.

    February 9, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. Tired of GOP Whiners

    The GOP spent all of our money on the Banks and in Iraq. And six months ago claimed it was a good investment. Today those same Republican Senators are whining about putting money into our country's infrastructure and into building jobs here at home. What level of hypocracy that they think we don't see them changing their tune!

    To those whiners from the GOP. Go away. You lost control of the government. Its time for the Democrats to turn things around. So sit down and shut up! You spent all our money on useless wars and rich people. It's not your government any longer! If you dont like it then you know where the border is!

    February 9, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. David

    To all you who keep screaming pork:
    Go to the Library of Congress website and search for H.R.1 by bill number. The text of the bill is all there.

    The bill is not for 9.7 trillion dollars. Who makes up this nonsense? Hannity and/or Rush?

    February 9, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  14. Mississippi Mike

    Yeah, I'm really excited about throwing my hard-earned money away on special interest groups, political cronies and endless bureaucracies. Any short-term gains this ridiculous bill creates will be dwarfed by the long-term pain we will feel trying to pay off the national debt it will create.

    February 9, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. 1/20/13

    That clown is the worst press secretary in history......So I guess it is fitting he works for Obama

    February 9, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Indigo

    Thank God the public will not be fooled by the media or the Republicans. If the bill was as bad as the GOP would have you to think, you'd better believe they would not be fighting against it. They'd be fighting for it so that President Obama and the Democrats would fail, just like their leader (Rush Limbaugh) wants. Well the way I see it there's fear they will succeed. It's the Republican numbers that I see going in the tank. Let's keep fighting with our new president and we will keep them there.

    February 9, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. Death of America by Obama


    February 9, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. big papa

    Wheres the change February 9th, 2009 1:30 pm ET

    WHo the heck did they poll??? The illegals that voted for this clown or the unemployed that did?

    NOTE: "Where's the change"...

    A typical Rush Limbaugh dittohead conservative idiot spouting off!
    We need to change their perspective, they should all be looking up!

    They'd like to shift blame to President Obama for their god Bush's mess. but we'll NEVER let them. Bush and Cheney Republicans, worst citizen (traitors) in the WOOORLD!

    February 9, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. Carl

    "Every poll shows the American public does not favor this spending (not STIMULUS) bill." – marc

    How do you define a stimulus, if not spending? You have a couple choices. You can spend the money on tax cuts, meaning you give something for nothing and hope that the people spend it themselves instead of saving.

    Or, more effectively, you can spend the money on big infrastructure projects where that money gets injected directly into the pockets of Americans doing the work. So now, people are working for their money and building the infrastructure up to support future growth.

    Either way you're spending.... it's just that the tax cuts aren't effective because people hoard the money.

    February 9, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  20. alvino

    Wheres the change-

    We are getting tired of telling you the clown is in Dallas. "W" left Washington in January, after having destroyed the economy.

    Rather than face a problem, you and your obstructionist party continually try to shift the blame elsewhere.

    As far as polling, in the last election, you seemed to think the polls were wrong and McCain would win, because you were never polled.

    February 9, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. frodo

    It's not just the pork that I'm upset with!!!

    Giving incentives to first time home buyers (tax credit) up to $15000?????

    This is why we're in the housing crash, people, because government was telling people they should be buying homes, and it doesn't care if you can afford them.

    Guess what?! Keep supporting the causes of problems and you'll get MORE PROBLEMS!!!!!

    February 9, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. Melly

    President Obama need to communicate his ideas to American folks more, like what he did just today in Indiana. I loved the townhall meeting. I would love to hear him answer more questions from people. I think Right-wing specially the Radio Shows are distorting the truth, and we have to go at them so hard with the REAL TRUTH to educate more and more people.

    He's an excellent communicator and he has to use it MORE.

    Republicans are in a great danger of becoming a regional party more than ever, and with a little push from Mr. Obama they will become one for once and forever.

    February 9, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. Death of America by Obama

    david................................hey fool, how much for Acorn ???

    February 9, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    Wow...this really scares you GOPers huh? You can tell by how hard you're trying to convince everyone it isn't so, but go ahead...check Gallup...75% want a stimulus package of some sort and Gallup has Obama leading 52% over your tired GOPer ideology.

    You shoudl really keep in mind that the phrase is "PLAUSIBLE deniability"...it's just not plausible for you to deny what are objective and verifiable facts.

    February 9, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  25. Where the CHANGE is

    If I ask 3 people if they support it and two say yes....well, in my book that is 66% and a huge indicator of support! The Administration and Media's selective polling is just plain silliness.

    February 9, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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