But a faint one. Because most Americans believe what they hear on the morning TV shows and the evening news - which is pretty much dictated by the NYTIMES. Most Americans hear constant bad news and conclude that the war was a mistake and that we should pull out.
When the MSM starts reporting the good news, then public perceptions will change.
There is plenty of good news being reported on Fox and in the blogosphere and on talk-radio, but these outlets don't reach everyone, and not most of the middle-of-the-road independents who are the true swing voters.
That's why the few reports trickling in from AP and other MSM outlets are so so so SO important, and these reports are why support for the war - and Bush - is growing.
BTW: I think this is the MAJOR reason why the Dems don't want to attend any debate held on Fox: they FEAR that some of their supporters might actually have their eyes, and ears, opened, and then become regular viewers and GOP voters.
The Dems depend on keeping the wool over the eyes of their supporters - and wool in their ears too.
Al Qaeda knows all this too. They know how and when to manipulate the MSM. So you can bet your bottom dollar they will attempt a major attack in Iraq and Europe and the USA right before Petraeus's report.