Magazine article The Christian Century

Obama's Views on Gays OK with Most Voters

Magazine article The Christian Century

Obama's Views on Gays OK with Most Voters

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President Obama's recent endorsement of same-sex marriage opened a torrent of speculation on what his newly enunciated position will mean politically, but the latest polls indicate that the public largely backs his views and that his stance may not hurt him at the ballot box.

A Gallup poll in early May showed that by a 54-42 percent margin, American adults consider gay and lesbian relations "morally acceptable." The level of approval has grown steadily since 2002, when it stood at 38 percent--so much so that Gallup considers the current situation "the new normal" in U.S. public opinion.

Another Gallup survey taken on May 10, a day after Obama announced his "evolution" in thinking on gay marriage, showed that 60 percent of Americans said it would make no difference in how they will vote in November, while 13 percent said it would make them more likely to vote for him and 26 percent said it would make them less likely to vote for him. …

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