Afghan Surge Gains Favor; Public Sours on DC

Support for public option also grows; GOP isn't more popular, though
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2009 6:20 PM CDT
A gust of wind blows President Obama's tie as he speaks during a visit to a Florida solar energy center today.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – New poll numbers out today hold good news and bad for the Obama administration. Support is rising for a troop surge in Afghanistan, the NBC/Wall Street Journal survey finds, and nearly half now favor a public option in the health-care reform measures now under consideration. The bad news: 58% said the economy is still in the tank, a 6% increase from September.

Both Democratic and Republican pollsters seem to agree that the public’s mood is decidedly anti-Washington, with numbers showing a decline in support for the GOP, which in most instances would gain during tough times for President Obama and the Democrats. “There was a bounce-back surge for Republicans, and that’s stalled,” a GOP pollster says; notes a Democrat: “The mood in America may be blue, but attitudes toward Washington are just jet black.”