Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite Save As Favorite View Article Stats
No comments

  Govt- Politics

Will Gay Marriage Stance Help or Hurt Obama's Chances of Being Re-Elected?

By Roberta Seldon ()     Permalink
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags    Add to My Group

View Ratings | Rate It

Headlined to H3 5/11/12

Become a Fan
  (2 fans)

opednews.com

Poll

Will Gay Marriage Stance Help or Hurt Obama's Chances of Being Re-Elected?

    


President Barack Obama by The White House

Will Obama lose voters this election year after stating that he now supports same-sex marriage? According to the Los Angeles Times , the president's decision does not come without risks:

"The move is likely to hurt him in the South. One in three Southern swing voters are strongly opposed to gay marriage, a recent Pew Research Center poll found. Just this week, North Carolina, which Obama carried narrowly in 2008, approved one of the toughest bans on same-sex unions in the country. If the switch on same-sex marriage ends up costing him states in the fall, North Carolina will be the first place to look.

"More central to his reelection will be the impact in Virginia, one of the top battlegrounds in the country, where a recent statewide survey showed him with a slight lead over Mitt Romney. "There could be some element of risk there,' said veteran pollster Andrew Kohut, who directs the Pew Research Center.

"The reactions of minority voters will be closely watched. African Americans are unlikely to abandon the president, though his decision will surely give some older blacks pause. Six months of relentless assaults by the Romney forces, however, will likely boost their determination to see Obama reelected.

"Some Latinos may well have second thoughts, particularly voters cross-pressured by the Catholic church's aggressive opposition to gay marriage.

"Hispanics who are less committed to Obama and are otherwise upset because they feel he broke his promise to pass immigration reform in his first year in office might have one other reason to give [Romney] a look,' said Whit Ayres, a Republican pollster. Privately, some Democratic strategists share that view."

Still, the Times notes, Obama's decision to support gay marriage is "an election-year boost to his liberal base" and has "unleashed fresh excitement among gay and lesbian donors, already one of the largest sources of campaign money for the president's reelection."

"Today has focused attention and enthusiasm in an almost cathartic way," Andrew Tobias, treasurer of the Democratic National Committee and a top gay bundler for Obama, told Joseph Tanfani of the Tribune Washington bureau, according to the Times. "Within minutes, people were calling with their credit cards. They're thrilled."

So, what do you think? Do you think the president has ruined his chances of being re-elected or do you think American voters will be too consumed with other issues (i.e. the economy, costly wars, etc.) to even care?

It Will Help Him
It Will Hurt Him
It Won’t Have an Impact

        6 votes    View Results and Comments



            Invite Your Friend(s) to Vote: Tell A Friend         View All Polls

 

Share This Poll

You can publish this poll on your blog or website. To embed a poll, just copy the code from this "Embed" box. Once you've copied the code, just paste it into your website or blog to embed it.

Embed: Customize
<script language="JavaScript" src="http://www.opednews.com/populum/poll_api.php?pid=607&layout=default"></script>
Roberta Seldon is the blogger at Security and Sustainability Forum, a website that provides free online seminars and useful information related to corporate sustainability, national security and climate change. Roberta Seldon is also a volunteer (more...)
 
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles