February 9th, 2009
12:40 PM ET
6 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. Bettie

    We now need Hope not Fear!!!!!!!!!
    When wil the Republicans get this one????
    Any thing anyone dose may or maynot work however we will never know if we do not do something.
    I support the bill and just want to get on with the next step.
    There is so much to do.

    February 9, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Bob in Pa

    You mean the Sheeple are on their side don't you. The ones who haven't taken the time to look at any part of this legislation and have no idea what it is meant to do .

    February 9, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. Matthew, Detroit

    barack is clueless. he only knows how to politic. he does not know how to lead.

    michelle is a lousy speaker. someone should get her a speaking coach.

    February 9, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. Gary

    Helen, Just so that we understand your comment regarding the Iraq and Afghanistan war....the war on terror in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places all together over 6.5 years was only about $800 Billion, that is $130 Billion per year, mostly going to salaries of US soldiers or military equipment manufactured in US plants. We can argue all day about the Iraq war but at least the Afghanistan portion was necessary. Now the congress is talking about borrowing $800 Billion to spend in 1 year, after we already approved $700 Billion in TARP this year and this money goes to bank executive bonuses, Nancy Pelosi pet projects, tax rebates to people who never even paid any taxes and now they even want to take out the "buy American" provision. If you felt the Iraq war was wasteful, then you got to believe that this is worse. We should be cutting spending not borrowing more.

    February 9, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. Annette

    I only change I see so far is a new wolf in the same sheep’s clothing.

    The fear tactics being used on both sides of the isle is insane. Blue or Red everyone on the hill is just a bunch of rich selfish bullies not looking out for anything other than their own hides and special interest.

    February 9, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    @ Gary

    That was predominantly money borrowed from China, so get it straight: the Iraq War put us in the hole...big time...and helped destroy our economy...big time. When China comes a callin, asking us to honor our loans, we'll have Bush and the neocons to thank for rapid deflation, an upside-down market and panic in the streets.

    February 9, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. Bill

    Really? 51% was all in the last poll I saw on this stimulus package. I guess all the demoncrats are worried about are ideas, not results.

    February 9, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. JP

    The people who don't support the bill are the ones who read what in it. Obama made a big mistake when he let Pelosi write it. This bill is change we can do with out. Start over and take the crap out of the bill.

    February 9, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  9. Super D

    People,

    Quit looking for a savior, tooth fairy or what have you with the Obama administration.

    The stimulus is not going to work. It's a dumb idea throwing good money at bad. But people also don't seem to understand, that's what Democrats do.........spend money.

    This is nothing new and it's going to set the stage for a Republican take over of the Congress (Just like with Clinton) in 2010.

    February 9, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. tim

    Yes, Robert Glibb is correct, we all know how biased against Obama the press is.

    February 9, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. tim

    "Bob in Pa February 9th, 2009 2:25 pm ET
    You mean the Sheeple are on their side don't you. The ones who haven't taken the time to look at any part of this legislation and have no idea what it is meant to do ."

    Thank you Bob for having a brain. It seems most of the Obamalovers haven't poked their heads out into politics before and don't understand the difference between Budget items and what a stimulus bill is.

    Every penny Gov't spends is not a stimulus, buying hybrid cars for gov't employees for 300M does not stimulate the economy.

    Aren't the Dems cute though, blaming the media already. Guess the Obama nut-washing is done and they're finally going to resume the jobs they had prior to the invasion of the body snatchers-esque media treatment we've seen during the campain.

    February 9, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. frodo

    This is not a stimulus package that will affect most of us...And of course it's NOT for $9.7Trillion!

    But, How does a tax writeoff for first time home buyers help me pay my mortgage? This kind of incentive is what got people into the problems we have now!!!! stop incentivizing people who can't afford homes to buy them.

    Also, much of the spending is on long-term things like healthcare and don't kick in for a few years. These are not the "shot-in-the-arm" that the economy needs.

    Bush vaporized $700billion and now Obama is set to vaporize $800billion. These bailouts are not helping you and me...they are only helping politicians grow government and waste our hard-earned money.

    I've read much of the 780+ pages of the bill and see very little that will spur the economy. Why don't they just call it what it is...Another failed bailout just like Bush.

    February 9, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. llim

    I have an idea on how to cut the pork in the bailout.

    Those people (about 46%) who do not want the bailout can refuse to accept the money. Then, the amount needed will be gratly reduced.

    February 9, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    100% behind MY PRESIDENT.

    Supported him, voted for him, will vote for him again.

    February 9, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. Larry Houston Texas

    @ Andy in Upstate NY & Diane Ewing, in NJ...You guys are absolutely correct, and I Totally Agree w/ you !!

    For some odd reason, how about us people that draws a paycheck week in, and week out, month in, and month out ??? There are millions of americans that do this every day, and we go out to a fast food place every day, FOR LUNCH, or take OUR OWN lunch !

    BUTTT, Noooooo, we need to give the "TAX BREAKS" or, we need to "cut taxes" cut taxes....cut taxes......cut taxes....who do you think they are "cutting those TAXES for ??? ( certainly not us )

    Big Corporations
    Big Business

    February 9, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. Rick

    Nice try, Pinociole but we the people aren't buying what you are selling.

    February 9, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    As the President said this morning, "doing nothing is not an option". We have done "nothing" for the past eight years and look where it got us. Had the last eight years been managed better, we wouldn't have to be talking about stimulus now......but the facts are the facts, and we are where we are. A stimulus is our only way forward at this point.

    February 9, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. Lisa, Boston

    Did someone load up air force one with lots of Kool-Aid cause that spiked juice is what all these Obamabots have been drinking over and over again and again so much in fact that they can't see straight.

    Republicans who are clear headed and know that it isn't the illegals or those who don't pay taxes who are going to create job. No kool-aid junkies, its the business owners. So when the tax credits are cut out as Ms. Pelosi wants them to be don't blame the republicans when the jobs go bye bye and they will!

    I would rather have a job that is going to be here 10 years from now than a construction job (I'm a 53 year old woman and I don't do construction now what huh?) that will last 6 months and then be back on unemployment. That is the type of jobs this package is condoning! Dumb dems need to wake up and start drink something to clear their foggy little brains.

    You wonder why you've only had one successful President in the last 30 years.

    February 9, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    Sensible human: Look, the poll says 54% support it.
    GOP: No it doesn't.
    Sensible human: Yes it does, see (hold up report).
    GOP: No it doesn't.
    Sensible human: Are you blind?
    GOP: No, I just don't like what it says so here (pulls out crayon and napkin and begins scribbling)
    Sensible human: What are you doing?
    GOP: I'm drafting my own report that says most people don't support it.
    Sensible human: But you have no data to back that up!
    GOP: Doesn't matter...I can repeat myself non-stop for hours.

    February 9, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. Rick Sutter

    Hope over Fear? Amazing how fast BO changed his message.

    February 9, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. Obama '09

    Gary,
    Just so you understand, the $800 Billion is not to be spent in ONE year, but over several..how about do your research so you dont continue to sound like a fool.......

    February 9, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. Enough!

    Much like the Republicans refused to admit their mistakes in Iraq, which led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and thousands of Americans, they would rather block all forward progress on the economy at all costs -rather to admit they were ideologically wrong in the first place.

    February 9, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. Gibbs is full of it

    Obama's approval is high — but the stimulus isn't as popular –per CNN Ticker

    February 9, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. Han

    Hey Gibbs, you are an idiot. You also look like an idiot in the press. You and your administration had one nothing so far. So polls do not count. You want to take our money and spend, spend spend. You are a moron. Your boss is also one of them.

    February 9, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. Jackie in Dallas

    At least President Obama actually won by a majority vote AND and an Electoral College majority. Bush had to be "awarded" the Presidency in 2000 by the Supreme Court.

    Actually, the polls say that more than 3/4ths of the polled citizens think President Obama is doing well. More than half (54%) said that the stimulus plan should help. While that doesn't show an overwhelming support of the plan, I think that still qualifies as a majority. If you count the ones who only partially support the bill, it goes up into the high 60's.

    February 9, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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