Poll: Americans divided over Obama same-sex marriage announcement
May 15th, 2012
08:19 AM ET
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Poll: Americans divided over Obama same-sex marriage announcement

Washington (CNN) - A new poll indicates Americans are divided over President Barack Obama's announcement last week that he personally supports legal same-sex marriages.

According to an ABC News/Washington Post survey released Tuesday, 46% of Americans say they had a favorable impression of the president's announcement, with 47% saying they had an unfavorable response. The poll indicates that 28% felt strongly in favor of the decision, with 38% saying they had a strongly unfavorable reaction.

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The poll was conducted May 9-13, entirely after Obama's announcement last Wednesday afternoon.

Like other surveys, the poll suggests a gender gap and generational divide over the issue. Fifty-four percent of women responded favorably to the president's support of legal same-sex marriages, compared to just 37% for men. And 63% of young adults gave a thumbs up to the president's announcement, compared to just 34% of those 65 and older.

The poll also pointed to a predictable partisan divide on the issue.

According to the survey, 54% of black adults said they had a favorable reaction to the president's announcement. Compare that to the 41% of black voters who supported same-sex marriage in an ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted earlier this year and last year. Thirty-seven percent of black adults say they had an unfavorable reaction. White adults and Hispanic adults were divided on the issue.

The poll was the third conducted since the president's announcement on same-sex marriage.

The ABC News/Washington post survey was conducted by telephone, with 1,008 adults nationwide questioned. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Willie James

    Civil rights should not be left up to a vote, or polls.

    May 15, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  2. gonzalez22

    In 2008.....Obama told MTV he believes marriage is "between a man and a woman" and that he is "not in favor of gay marriage."

    May 15, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. David

    Notice, after the Cold War, that we won. Now this country is so so divisive in all respects. It does not matter what topic is raise in the political arena. We have become a more divisive country.

    May 15, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |

    If anybody is choosing the president over a single issue, they must not be very open minded. There are so many issues that are more relevant to people's lives than just this one, that I hope they are looking at the big picture, rather than taking a magnifying glass on a single issue to make their decision.

    May 15, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
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