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.


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  1. Nathan,

    The reason Obama is more popular than his stimulus plan is because average Americans only like spending money on those who don't need it. If this plan was giving billions in tax breaks to the wealthy the average American would be all for it. The wealthy and privilage aren't that way because they take from the rest of us. They're that way because we give it to them. The average American didn't mind deficit spending to help Iraq although they are oil rich and should have been paying for themselves. The average American didn't mind the deficit spending because of the irresponsible tax cuts to the wealthy that Bush and his republican regime pushed thru that never quite trickled down to the average American. WE have trillions of dollars worth of debt generated overthe last 8 years which did nothing to make the life of the average American better. Why not spend $800 billion more to target makign life better for the average Jor (I don't mean plumber).

    February 9, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. marc

    this is a 800 to 900 billion dollar plan but with interest will reach to about 1.3 trillion dollars. The total amount the United States will be in debt for with this expense and the past expenses (and possibly the future "TARP" bailouts...which have been said to be coming down the pike, because this one bill will not work) will be about 8 to 10 trillion dollar total debt....that is what probably was meant....this bill still has too too much pork in it PERIOD!

    February 9, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. Mary

    Thanks Mr. President to take time to communicate your ideas to us. Please do more townhalls across america so we understand your plans better.

    To Right-Wing Radio/TV Shows host. DON't TISTORT TRUTH FOR HONEST PEOPLE WHO LISTEN TO YOU. YOU ARE MAKING THE BIG MISTAKE OF TURNING REPUBLICAN PARTY INTO A REGIONAL PARTY FOR MANY MANY YEARS TO COME.

    Not that I don't like it, but I hate some people be still fooled by Republicans who don't have any new ideas themselves and try to sell the OLD 60's 70's ideas to us.

    TAX CUT DOES NOT FIX THE ECONOMY, WHEN IT IS THIS BAD.
    101 IN PSYCHOLOGY FOR BAD ECONOMY:
    IF I GET TAX CUT, I WILL SAVE IT IN MY ACCOUNT, NOT SPEND IT (IF I STILL HAVE A JOB), IF MY COMPANY GETS A TAX CUT, THEY DON"T AND HIRE PEOPLE TO CREATE JOBS, THEY KEEP IT FOR BAD DAYS TO COME.

    THE BEST WAY TO SAVE THE ECONOMY TO INVEST IN INFRASTRUCTURE, RENEWABLE ENERGRY, EDUCATION, HEALTHCARE, etc. THESE ARE THINGS THAT WILL CREATE JOBS SHORT TERM AND NEW MORE EDUCATED JOBS IN THE FUTURE.

    February 9, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. Mary White

    Big government and bureaucracies do not add to the GNP. They add a lot of paper and a layer to the economy which syphons off money from the real workers of the USA.

    February 9, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. Laverne

    The funny thing about this is most of the folk who keep saying this is a pork bill don't even know what pork in a bill mean. They are just going along with what they are hearing from the NOpublicans! It is easy to criticize, but when it comes to coming up with real solutions for real Americans, the NOpublicans fall short! I would suggest that everyone get understanding of what a stimulus bill really is and what it is suppose to do.

    February 9, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. No Hillary = No Obama

    Prediction: The Obama Presidency will be frozen in it's tracks – Obama thinks he can wine and dine the Republicans into his arms. Charm is no substitute for leadership.

    February 9, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. Know the facts

    It makes sense that CNN would use its own poll, but I think the polling that Gibbs was referring to is the Gallup poll released today. That poll shows that, contrary to all the media's hyperventilation about the Republicans "winning" the debate, the nation strongly disapproves of the Republicans' efforts (or lack thereof) on the bill. In a nutshell, America sees the Republicans as obstructionist, and sees Obama and the Democrats as trying to do something about the crisis that's causing them to lose jobs, healthcare, food on their tables...

    February 9, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. Rob

    Hey, Barry (and Nancy & Harry), at least take us out to dinner before you screw us, ok?

    February 9, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. demwit

    "President’s team says the polls and people are on their side"

    Perhaps this is some of that advice Bush left behind in his envelope..??

    February 9, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. Diana Ewing NJ

    Tax cuts do not lead to Stimulus... money for creating jobs makes for Stimulus... and a trickle up... It is the people who have jobs who are not for this... it is the people who have dad and mom to back them up are not for this...

    This bill is for the majority of Americans

    February 9, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. Gary

    This is crazy. Borrowing for a $800B stimulus may help in the next 2-4 years but in the long run will send us to a worse depression. We need to cut spending, endure a terrible recession now and then start to regrow this economy in a responsible way. All of the hardest working people who didn't over extend themselves are the ones who will be paying higher taxes in the future to pay for this stimulus and will be working until we are 80 because of the social security system ponzi scheme. We need to cut spending not increase it. Obama and the congress are doing exactly the wrong thing at the wrong time. More borrowing is not the "change" that we voted for in the election. This is sad, very very sad.

    February 9, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. Andy J, Upstate NY

    All you people commenting on the immediate approval of the original $700 billion bailout have EXTREMELY SHORT MEMORIES.

    The first time it came up for a vote in the house, IT WAS SHOT DOWN.

    meanwhile, i actually PAY may taxes, and all i get is a lousy $500 tax credit. Boy, thanks for the extra 9 dollars a week. That ought to boost sales.

    I'm not asking for a handout, i'd just like a significant tax cut so i can actually keep some of the money that I EARN. What a concept.

    February 9, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. Orly

    President Obama has my support ! Those Republicans who want to oppose the stimulus are traitors to our country.

    February 9, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. demwit

    Who among us survive using this kind of economic plan??

    February 9, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. Barbara

    The Republicans have proved themselves to be fiscal idiots. Their crackpot economic theories and top down tax relief ideology, along with their anti-regulation beliefs are what got us in this mess. Democrats should not listen to one more oppositional Republican voice. They have driven us to the abyss, now they are pushing us over.

    February 9, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. patsy in iowa

    I'm with Axel and Enlightened. Let's start thinking America instead of parties. Get behind Obama who is all about building this country back to what it used to be – not what it's become in the last 8 years.

    February 9, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. Vicki

    I feel like the more people get informed on what is included in this bill they more they may get on board. Republicans are giving Obama a hard time because he is not including their interests for the wealthy. the trickle down theory has not not worked, will not ever work, I do feel as though there was some pork on this bill; however, the republicamns suggestion would surely take this economy even further down the tubes. Obama has tried to work with Republicans by trimming some unecessary expenses, but some of these are investments that are needed to boost the economy for the long term. Republicans need to stop obstructing for their personal gain before they lose all credibility with everyone, and become obsolete.

    February 9, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. Helene

    Has anyone here who derides the stimulus plan ever considered that ONE TRILLION has been wasted in Iraq. Where were these sanctimonious idiots at that time ?

    February 9, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. llim

    The fact is majority support the plan.
    You can't make everyone agree to a plan. So be it. let the majority decide and respect the decision. Otherwise, no end to partisonship.

    February 9, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. Carla

    Laverne:

    What does pork in the bill mean? Please advise that way all will be clear going forward.

    Thanks

    February 9, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  21. Dan, TX

    Let's get the economy recovering and then we can pay for it with increasing tax revenues. It's common sense.

    February 9, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. Danny in Chicago

    I find it so ironic that the people who preach about who is going to hell is actually the people who are preaching it!

    February 9, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. Simpliticus

    Republican support against the stimulus plan will crumble as more moderate Republicans and centrists come to support the nature of Obama's plan. Things can only get worse for the Republicans because that phrase, Either you are with us or you are against us! so well used against the War on Terrorism will backfire on the Republicans as these appear to be more and more against their own country and will be further isolated just as in the Great Depression. The stunning support that Republicans had been getting is withering away due to valiant Obama efforts to sway the public will cause undermining of Republican sentiment against the stimulus plan. As the economy goes, so goes the Republicans!

    February 9, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. Tony - Fla

    Enlightened February 9th, 2009 1:03 pm ET

    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?
    --------------------------------

    The outrage, opposition and obstructionism you refer to was there, but as typical in DC we were not heard loud enough. Go check the votes on the measure, you will see there were more republicans than democrats that were opposed to Bailout 1. The time has changed, but the message is the same NO BAILOUT. You play in Vegas you gamble, you play on Wall Street you gamble, you open a business you gamble, and yes, buying a house is also a gamble. To gamble is a risk-reward chance. Don't expect me to be there when you fail to give money or when you succeed to ask for your money.

    February 9, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. Mari

    As I read some of the comments posted here, I realized how MANY of you HAVE NOT READ THE BILL!

    Before you complain, criticize and whine you should EDUCATE yourselves rather than listen to the haters on Faux News and AM radio!

    It is obvious to me, that the GOP has ONE mission, that is to make sure Obama fails! The problem is that IF President Obama fails........SO DOES OUR NATION! WE WILL FACE A DEPRESSION. IS THIS WHAT YOU WANT?

    And this IS NOT fear-mongering! The SIGNS are everywhere! The GOPers have forgotten or refuse to face the FACT that OBAMA WON BY A LARGE MARGIN....... THUS, HE HAS A MANDATE FROM US!

    The more obstruction Obama gets from the far-right, the MORE GOPERS WILL BE OUT OF OFFICE IN 2010!

    *******WARNING TO THE GOP******* COOPERATE OR LOSE YOUR CONGRESSIONAL SEATS IN 2010!

    February 9, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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