After President Obama’s announcement, opposition to gay marriage hits record low - The Washington Post
So what does everyone think? Was Obama's endorsement of SSM really capable of changing that many minds? Or are other factors at work? Or was the poll flawed?Public opinion continues to shift in favor of same-sex marriage, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, which also finds initial signs that President Obama’s support for the idea may have changed a few minds.
Overall, 53 percent of Americans say gay marriage should be legal, hitting a high mark in support while showing a dramatic turnaround from just six years ago, when just 36 percent thought it should be legal. Thirty-nine percent, a new low, say gay marriage should be illegal.
The poll also finds that 59 percent of African Americans say they support same-sex marriage, up from an average of 41 percent in polls leading up to Obama’s announcement of his new position on the matter. Though statistically significant, it is a tentative result because of the relatively small sample of black voters in the poll.
Personally I believe that the recent media focus on the issue after the Biden Meet the Press interview, NC Amendment One, and Obama's endorsement combined to put the media spotlight on the gay rights issue once again, causing some people to reconsider and rethink their own position.