Obama’s Stance on Gay Marriage Affecting American Attitudes
Barack Obama’s recent support for gay marriage has shown to statistically prompted some Americans, black and Hispanic in particular to reconsider their opposition to allowing homosexuals to get married according to data that was recently collected.
On May 9 Obama became the first ever US president to publicly say that he believed in and supported same sex couples in their right to be married. This position was held by Democrats as well as gay-rights groups as a benchmark for civil rights while the same time criticized the Republican activists and conservative Christian leaders as a campaign issue.
The data found in the poll showed that African Americans were less likely to oppose gay marriage after Obama was announcement the before. Prior to May 9 announcement 34% of African-Americans oppose gay marriage while only 23% opposed it afterwards. The poll asked participants whether or not they were in agreement with gay marriage, supported same-sex civil unions, supporting gay marriage or were unsure.
The lower opposition by African-Americans did not translate directly into support for gay marriage however. Support by African-Americans for civil unions was also on the rise by 9% to 20% after Obama made a declaration, while support for gay marriage slipped by two points to 29% from 31% and the percentage of African-Americans who are unsure rose 5 points.
This is all while Hispanic support for gay marriage rose by 5% to reach 51% after Obama announced his new position. Hispanic opposition to gay marriage went down by 3% to reach 20%.
The attitudes of white Americans with the lease changed as white opposition to gay marriage fell by only two points in 25% while support for rose by two point as well to reach 41%.
For the poll respondents overall 24% of people now oppose gay marriage which is a drop of 3% from the previous 27%. This data was collected online and was taken from an aggregate analysis of all data collected so far since January 2012.