(CNN) – David Axelrod, President Barack Obama's senior campaign strategist, pushed back against negative media accounts surrounding the president's approval rating and said recent polling shows the majority of Americans agree with Obama's plan to create jobs.
In a memo to members of the media, Axelrod said news accounts of the polls have failed to put the figures into context, which he said includes the impact of the financial crisis as well as low approval numbers of Republicans and Congress. He also cited the figures as an example of the president's support among his base.
"Despite what you hear in elite commentary, the President's support among base voters and in key demographic groups has stayed strong," Axelrod wrote.
When asked if the line from Axelrod was directed at specific criticism, a campaign aide said it was a reference to the media, opinion columnists and pundits.
A recent piece by Democratic strategist James Carville, published on CNN.com, said the White House should be in panic mode following the elections in New York and Nevada, in which Republicans were victorious.
A CNN/ORC International poll released Tuesday showed Obama with a disapproval rating of 55 percent, the highest of his presidency, mirroring other national polling from Gallup and NBC/Wall Street Journal.
Conservatives across the country have capitalized on Obama's low national and state-wide approval numbers, largely blaming him for the ongoing economic crisis.
The president is in the process of selling his long-term plan to reduce the deficit and national debt, as well as his jobs plan, to the American people and Congress.
The memo from Axelrod, who left the White House earlier this year to focus on the president's reelect bid, said Obama and the White House will remain focused on jobs and the economy, while Republican presidential candidates are "busy courting the Tea Party."
"The Republicans have yet to choose a nominee, and therefore, most Americans have yet to learn much about their records or visions for the country," Axelrod wrote. "When Americans learn the details of the Republican candidates' plans, the choice about America's future will come into clear view."
Ultimately, Axelrod said the 2012 election will be decided in swing states, like North Carolina and Nevada, where the president polls ahead of the GOP White House hopefuls.
"Ultimately it is in those battleground states where voters will choose, 14 months from now, between the two candidates, their records, and their visions for the country," Axelrod wrote.