A New York Times/CBS News poll shows that President Obama may have to win back a few votes after taking a decisive position on gay marriage during an election year. The poll shows that while most Americans aren’t going to change their vote based on Obama’s announcement, there are many Americans who say they are less likely to support him. Roughly 26 percent of those who responded said that they are less likely to vote for the president, while 16 percent say they are more likely.
The election is expected to be a tight race, so even modest swings can make a huge difference. There are several states that can go either way, and some of them are in the conservative south.
The poll also says that many respondents believe that the president’s position was politically motivated. Over 67 percent of those polled say that Obama made the announcement for political reasons, and only 24 percent believe that he did it because “mostly because he thinks its right.”
As of right now, Mitt Romney has a three-point lead over Obama, but the difference lies within the poll’s margin of error, so is not entirely reliable. The race was a dead heat a month ago and Romney now leads Obama among independents. Obama has, however, been gaining ground among women.
Right now, the leading issue among voters is the economy, with 62 percent of respondents saying that this is their top concern. The budget deficit is a distant second, at 11 percent, with healthcare being third, at 9 percent. Only 7 percent chose same-sex marriage as their top concern.