A Pew Research Center poll this week shows that predictions of President Barack Obama losing African-Americans over his support for same-sex marriage may be exaggerated.
The Pew poll shows that Obama's position had no effect 68 percent of blacks, while 16 percent said it made them view him more favorably. Only 13 percent said they viewed him less favorably. While many black voters may disagree with the president on gay marriage, it's not necessarily a deal-breaker.
The Pew survey also found a similar result with independents: 60 percent said Obama's position didn't matter, while an equal number _ 19 percent _ said it was either a plus or a minus.
Only among Republicans (53 percent) and people over 65 (42 percent) did Obama's position on gay marriage really hurt him _ but those aren't groups he's counting on to win re-election anyway.
It may come as little surprise that 62 percent of those 18-29 said Obama's support for gay marriage made no difference for them, but 56 percent of those with less than a college education said the same thing.
Overall, more than half of Americans (52 percent) said Obama's position on gay marriage made no difference to them, while 25 percent said they felt less favorably toward the president and 19 percent more favorably.