President Barack Obama deliberately avoided the issue of gay marriage on Saturday, just a day after a new Gallup poll revealed that his decision to back same-sex unions will likely hurt him in November.
The poll, conducted on May 10, is the first publicized national survey following the president’s ABC News interview with “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts on Wednesday. It revealed that 51 percent of Americans approve of President Obama’s announcement, while 45 percent disapprove.
But among survey respondents who said the president’s decision would sway their vote in November, the news was considerably more negative for the Obama campaign. Nearly one-third of those survey respondents indicated that they were less likely to vote for the president because of his support for gay marriage, as compared to the 13 percent who said they were more likely to vote for the president in November as a result of his decision.
Gallup added that “it is important to note” that “immediate reactions” to the president’s announcement may be misleading, given how emotionally charged the coverage of the issue has been.
“I’m getting chills again,” Roberts said when reminiscing about her interview with Obama.
The Obama campaign raised nearly $1.5 million within hours of the interview, according to BuzzFeed.com.
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