President Barack Obama’s support for gay marriage has done little to shift the nation’s views on the issue, with a new poll finding the public remains evenly split.
An Associated Press-GfK survey released today (22 June) found Obama had fired up his supporters with his support for gay marriage.
More Democrats, especially young people, say they strongly approve Obama’s handling of marriage equality.
The poll found 42% of Americans oppose gay marriage, 40% support it, and 15% are neutral, and 3% were undecided.
Last August, the country was similarly divided over whether same-sex couples should be allowed to be legally married in their state, with 45% saying they should not, 42% saying they should, and 10% neutral.
However, when asked which candidate Americans trust to do a better job of handling social issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage; 52% now side with Obama, compared with 36% for Romney.
The AP quote John Von Sneidern, a 76-year-old Republican from Fairfield, Connecticut, as saying ‘marriage is a marriage, and it’s between a man and a woman.
He paused, and then said: ‘But on the other side of that, there are a lot of gay couples who are responsible and dedicated to each other and deserve a lot of the benefits of marriage.’
Last Friday, Obama hosted a LGBT conference at the White House, and called for the US Congress to pass a fully incisive Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Obama is the first sitting president in US history to publically express his support for marriage equality.
The poll involved phone interviews with 1007 American nationwide, including 878 registered voters.