Thursday, May 24, 2012

Changing minds on same-sex marriage

A few days ago, in blogging about the NAACP's endorsement of same-sex marriage, I wrote that President Obama's historic announcement would likely "accelerate the already growing support for same-sex marriage, particularly among blacks but throughout the population as a whole," and indeed that "already we are seeing the positive impacts of Obama's announcement." Well...

Public opinion continues to shift in favor of same-sex marriage, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, which also finds initial signs that President Obama's support for the idea may have changed a few minds.

Overall, 53 percent of Americans say gay marriage should be legal, hitting a high mark in support while showing a dramatic turnaround from just six years ago, when just 36 percent thought it should be legal. Thirty-nine percent, a new low, say gay marriage should be illegal.

The poll also finds that 59 percent of African Americans say they support same-sex marriage, up from an average of 41 percent in polls leading up to Obama’s announcement of his new position on the matter. Though statistically significant, it is a tentative result because of the relatively small sample of black voters in the poll.

There you go.


In related news, add Colin Powell to the right side of history. At least on this issue.

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