A new USA Today/Gallup poll indicates that President Barack Obama’s support of marriage for gays and lesbians will not prove a factor this November for the majority of American voters.
Sixty percent of respondents who participated in the survey on Thursday said the president’s announcement does not make them more or less likely to vote for him. Sixty-five percent of Democrats said Obama’s position makes no difference, compared to 46 percent of GOP respondents. Seventy-four percent of Republicans said they oppose the president’s endorsement of nuptials for gays and lesbians, compared to only 25 percent of Democrats and 44 percent of Independents.
LGBT rights groups were quick to welcome Obama’s long-awaited public support of marriage for gays and lesbians during an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts on Wednesday at the White House.
Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was quick to stress he supports marriage as between a man and a woman. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) echoed the former Massachusetts governor’s position during a Fox News interview hours after Obama’s historic announcement, but he quickly pointed out that the economy remains congressional Republicans’ primary focus.
Only 19 percent of those who participated in the Conservative Political Action Conference’s annual straw poll in February said “traditional values” is the most important issue during this election cycle. Only one percent of those who voted in the 2011 CPAC straw poll said thwarting marriage for gays and lesbians was their top priority.