Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Another poll suggests gay marriage decision was a draw

A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows that 17% of voters say Barack Obama's decision to legalize gay marriage will make them more likely to vote for the president, while 20% say it will make them more likely to vote for Mitt Romney.

Meanwhile, 62% said it wouldn't make a difference. That's similar to the 60% in a recent Gallup survey who said it wouldn't affect their vote.

In other words, at first blush, it seems neither presidential candidate won or lost over it.

The only caveat is that polling gay marriage has proven difficult (see North Carolina's marriage amendment), and most of the evidence over the past few years suggests that it's not a winning proposition at the ballot box.