Polls

48 Percent Back Afghan Surge

Obama's getting mixed reviews from Republicans and Democrats. According to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, in the wake of Obama's speech last week about his plan to send additional troops to Afghanistan, his public approval on the Afghan war rose from 38 percent last month to 48 percent this month. While two thirds of Republicans surveyed rallied to support Obama's troop escalation, about half of Democrats oppose the plan. Conversely, Democrats support and Republicans oppose Obama's pullout date. Obama's overall approval rating slid to 50 percent from its 68 percent peak in April--the lowest it's been in the history of the poll, while his approval numbers on the economy dropped to 47 percent this month from his 54 percent October approval rating.