Well Lookie Here

by digby

First polls:

Americans by 9 percentage points have a favorable view of the health care overhaul that President Obama signed into law Tuesday, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, a notable turnaround from surveys before the vote that showed a plurality against it.

By 49%-40% those surveyed say it was "a good thing" rather than a bad one that Congress passed the bill. Half describe their reaction in positive terms, as "enthusiastic" or "pleased," while about four in 10 describe it in negative ways, as "disappointed" or "angry."

The largest single group, 48%, calls the bill "a good first step" that should be followed by more action on health care. An additional 4% also have a favorable view, saying the bill makes the most important changes needed in the nation's health care system.

The country's polarized between the two political tribes and this bill is likely to be a proxy for that divide for quite a long while to come. But it isn't surprising that there would be a bounce in the polls. I would guess part of it is just sheer relief that they can tune out the argument for a while.

But this does help the Democrats bat back the scurrilous claim that they usurped the will of the people, at least among those who aren't so deep in the rabbit hole that they can't function in reality anymore.