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. Jim

    According to the last poll I saw, they had a slim 51%. Of course, numbers can be made to look anyway you want them.

    February 9, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. Rob

    Yeah Gary, 1/2 of the 800 Billion Pork Plan is to be spent after 2009, by the Dems who are going to use it to buy votes in the 2010 election.

    Besides, 800 billion in pork is way more important than battling terrorism. What are you thinking?

    February 9, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. Jackie in Dallas

    Hey, Han!

    Bush left a 10 TRILLION $ deficit, a country in a deep recession or depression, and a war on three fronts. President Obama has only been in office three weeks. Gee, I wonder, could it be partisan politics that are inspiring your comments?

    From your name, I'm presuming that you are of Asian descent (see how that racial profiling works?). If so, are you a born American, or a naturalized American, or an American at all? Do you realize that due to President Bush's policies, a good 1/3rd of the high tech jobs have been shipped overseas to China, Korea, and India? Better bone up on your Mandarin...

    February 9, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. WhoCares?

    What really scares the GOP is that this stimulus package WILL WORK.

    Which will make Obama's and the Democrats power increase.

    Why the heck do you think the Republicans are against it? If it was going to fail they would sign on and bury Obama.

    Use your brain and think about WHAT THE REPUBICANS WANT.

    They want Obama to fail and thus are against the bill because it will work.

    February 9, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. digger

    I don't aprove of obama or his bail out plan

    February 9, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. BJ

    The American people do not support the "stimulus" package...at least none of the people in my circle.

    February 9, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Angie in Pa


    February 9, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. blaising

    According to Moodys:
    $1.00 tax cut = $1.02 stimulus
    $1.00 infrastructure = $1.57 stimulus
    $1.00 food stamps = $1.76 stimulus

    Do the math...throwing tax cuts at a stimulus package is a WASTE OF MONEY!!

    And yet the Flat Earth Society that is the republik party continues to push that old, worn out, failed 2-word economic policy: "Tax Cuts".

    The '50's are callin'...they want their political strategy back...

    February 9, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. Larry Houston Texas

    This is to "enough" .I Totally agree w/ you !!

    They used to use the word "Block" and "Gridlock" back in the 70's
    and 80's & 90's...... It's called "Obstructionist" now days.

    February 9, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. Ray Fisher, Albuquerque, NM

    Everyone understands the President is stuck behind the eight ball struggling to survive and help our nation. Only the naysayers have jobs and aren't worried but that too shall end soon!!!

    February 9, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. Alan

    People really need to research what "pork" is. This bill is a spending bill! And every economist across the board, conservatives, liberals, etc, say that government spending on things like infrastructure and alternative energy solutions is what's needed to stimulate the economy as complicated as ours. NOT MORE INEFFECTIVE TAX CUTS. We the majority voted against these failed policies for a reason. Obama is being too nice and going out of his way to reach out to Republicans to no avail. Bipartisanship will never work if the other side is not willing to dance. In fact, the CBO reported that $800B in stimulus spending may not even be enough to fix this $2.7 trillion hole we are in!

    February 9, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. Larry Houston Texas

    LOL.........Give her Hell, Jackie !! Give her hell !!

    Dana Perino didn't know whether it was daylight outside, or not.
    I can remember when she took 2 or 3 questions, and she was done til next time. ( and then she didn't have the right answer)

    February 9, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. RJ

    So all of you backing this SPENDING bill... you better get to school now and learn how to swing a hammer and push a broom.
    That's the kind of jobs this SPENDING bill will create.
    This bill is full of low paying construction jobs that will most likely be taken by illegals anyway.

    It's a waste of taxpayer money.

    Tax cuts across the board, not for the rich, will work.
    They will give the average worker a pay increase by taking less out of their paycheck.
    This will HELP the unemployed by INCREASING demand for good s and services. This will require employers start hiring again to meet that demand.

    Propping up business when there is no consumer demand is a waste of money and is not sustainable.

    February 9, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. Keith

    President Obama has made his case and I'm on board. I wanted to here ideas out of the republicans but all I seem to here is crying. Get your act together America needs checks and balances and you republicans have all the wrong people representing you. {Tax Breaks Again yawn}

    Being Independent is real freedom.

    February 9, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. george, cali

    of course the poll is going to suggest that because all cnn has been doing is posting dumb comments by shelby and old *** Mccain

    February 9, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. Arthur

    GOP scarey They call themselves leaders. It's easy to see why our country is in bad shape. When there is no one working how do you build income for anything or anyone. Actions speak louder than words. Where was the GOP plan right after the election? They seem to be all mouth and no leg.s!

    February 9, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  17. mw

    The country indeed is behind Obama.
    Repugs are on their way out. It will be easy to vote them out next couple of elections. We are tired of only the rich being cared for by repugs. Middle Americans carry this country, and need a hand right now. We know we cannot depend on Repugs to care.

    February 9, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  18. reggie

    Such a shame that our new president is so interested in polls. Cannot imagine much getting done that way. The president needs to do what he thinks is right NOT what the pollsters say. GHEESH!!!!

    February 9, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. Dont blame me

    CNN's CENSOSHIP continues...........

    CNN doesn't want YOU to hear the TRUTH, they want to keep YOU dumb by silencing the voices of reason thru CENSORSHIP.

    Through independant NEUTRAL polls only 37% of the people support this stimulus package.

    Come on CNN STOP selling out America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 9, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. honeychild

    @ RJ –

    How do you give tax cuts to folks with out jobs? Millions are out of work, you idiot!!! How about getting them JOBS first! By the way i work in the construction industry and because a persons citizenship is in question to you let me quote Bruce Springsteen by saying I was "BORN IN THE USA".

    February 9, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. natkat

    GOP.... go home... and chil.

    February 9, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  22. Tony

    For now!

    It's only been 3 weeks. Just wait!

    February 9, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. rusty

    This stimulus may not be what it is cracked up to be, but it is pretty obvious that the worst thing we can do is nothing. That is just not an option anymore, and it would surely give the American people some degree of comfort if the Republicans would see that fact. At this point, it seems they are taking a bit of delight in holding this up. It may be a game to them, but it's stark reality for everyone else.

    February 9, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. DavidinCA

    It's a well established fact that tax cuts are more effective at actually stimulating an economy than spending. Businesses are laying off workers to lower costs. There is still a lot of work to be done, but laying off workers is the primary way to cut costs. Cutting taxes gives them another option. Most companies that are laying off workers right now are stressed to the limit without them. They are not making excessive profits. By getting tax breaks they will be able to hire the workers they need and this is how the economy very quickly gets back into gear.

    February 9, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. Rachel in Nebraska

    You are right Gibbs, the media has not been reflecting the sentiments of the American people. Most polls actually show the majority of Americans are in favor of the stimulus bill and very supportive of Obama. 77% approval rating.
    MORE IMPORTANTLY, almost ALL economists agree with a plan.
    marc, you are WRONG, the polls now show Americans are in favor of the stimulus package but many want it to be more like the house version

    February 9, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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