Public Backs Afghan Troop Surge 47%-43%
....and majority support holding off on decision until after runoff
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2009 11:21 AM CDT
Graphic shows the number of US troops in Afghanistan through this month; it's nearly doubled since last year.
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(Newser) – Public support for a troop surge in Afghanistan is surging, too, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. Support for a troop increase edged out opposition 47% to 43%, after trailing opposition 44% to 51% last month. But 58% also support waiting until after the runoff election to make the decision on sending more troops; a timetable for which Republicans have blasted Barack Obama.

On health care, it’s a good news/bad news story for Democrats. The good news: the majority support a public option, by a 48-42 margin. The bad news: the public opposes the overall plan 42%-38%, and overall faith in government is at a 12-year low. “I was hoping that business as usual was going to stop with the Obama administration,” said one respondent, “and so far I just haven’t seen that.”