WP-ABC Poll: Obama Shifting Black Opinion of Gay Marriage

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 10:59 AM

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President Barack Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage may have caused a shift in opinion on the issue among African-Americans. Polling has shown that large numbers of African-Americans found gay marriage unacceptable but a new Washington Post-ABC News poll showed more than half now support it.

The poll showed that 54 percent of African-Americans have a favorable impression of the president’s endorsement of gay marriage, while 37 percent had an unfavorable view. In November, a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll found 58 percent of African-Americans called same-sex marriage “unacceptable,” while just 35 percent said it was “acceptable.”

The Post cautioned that the new poll had a relatively small sample of responses from blacks and a resulting margin of error of more than 10 points, but wrote, “the results are an intriguing contrast to where African-American opinion has been on the subject of gay marriage.”

Overall, the poll found that among registered voters, 46 percent approved of the president’s statement, and 46 percent opposed it. Some 70 percent of Democrats and 49 percent of independents hold favorable views, while 76 percent of Republicans held unfavorable views.

Those under age 30 supported the president by about 60 percent with a similar number of seniors opposed to it, the Post noted.


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