Obama Aide Blames Obama's Slide in Polls on Shutdown, Healthcare.gov Rollout

March 17, 2014 - 4:16 AM


President Obama with his senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer. (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - "Public polls are a little bit all over the map," White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer told NBC's "Meet the Press" with David Gregory on Sunday.

He was brushing off a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll that put President Obama's overall job approval at 41 percent, a new low for him. It also showed that support for president is slipping among Democrats.

"I've looked at a lot of data, and let me tell you what we see," Pfeiffer said. There's no question that everyone in Washington, the president included, took a big hit from the double-whammy of a shutdown and the problems of healthcare.gov. We have stabilized and we're working our way back. And if you look at the aggregate of public polling, we've gained three points in the last couple of months. But there's no question we have more work to do."

"But there's so much disappointment," Gregory said. "There's so much disappointment in Washington." He noted that Democrats are worried heading into the midterm elections.

"Well, look. There is no question this is a tough map for Democrats," Pfeiffer said. "Here's what the president's going to do. He is going to lay out the terms of the debate in this election as a choice between Democrats, who support an agenda of opportunity for all, or Republicans for an agenda of opportunity for a few. And let's not forget, this president wrote the book on running and winning modern campaigns."

Pfeiffer said Obama will "set the terms of the debate," and "be an asset in every way possible" to help Democrats, some of whom may see him as more of a liability than an asset.

Pfeiffer said Democrats aren't as good at turning out in midterm elections as they are in presidential elections. "And if more Democrats don't turn out, we will not do well. It's incumbent of all of us, the president included, to get as many people to the polls in November as possible."

Pfeiffer said he believes Democrats will maintain their majority in the Senate. "We have great candidates with experience winning in tough states, and we're on the right side of the issues."

Pfeiffer rejected a suggestion that Obamacare is hurting Democrats.

"Well, David, that's not true. The Republican position on Obamacare -- of repeal at all costs -- is opposed by a majority of Americans. It was not a factor in the Florida 13 election," he insisted.

"Can you rule out the idea that the president doesn't delay the individual mandate?" Gregory asked Pfeiffer.

"Yes, I can," he replied.

"That will not happen," Gregory pressed.

"That will not happen," Pfeiffer responded.