Obama's Gay Marriage Stand: 60% Don't Care

40% say they'll change their vote over gay nuptials
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2012 4:09 PM CDT
President Barack Obama speaks to the media as he walks from Marine One to the White House, Friday, May 11, 2012, in Washington, as he returns from Nevada.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – President Obama's stand in favor of gay marriage is no game-changer for six out of ten US voters, a new Gallup poll says. For those who may change their vote over it, 26% are less likely to vote for Obama, and 13% more likely. The numbers among all-important independents echo the national results, with 23% less likely and 11% more likely to vote for Obama now.

Numbers among Democrats and Republicans break down more predictably, with 24% of Democrats more likely to vote for him, compared to 2% of Republicans. One in 10 Democrats are less likely, compared to 52% of Republicans. All told, if the poll is still accurate on November 4—a big if—Obama will lose more Democratic and independent support than he'll gain among independents and Republicans. The poll surveyed 1,013 adults across the US.

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