Nearly 75 percent of voters say a candidate's position on gay marriage is not “very important” to their vote.

What is important to voters during this election cycle is the economy and jobs, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

“More than eight-in-ten voters say the economy (86%) and jobs (84%) are very important issues in deciding who to vote for this fall,” pollsters said in releasing their findings. “Roughly three-quarters also cite the federal deficit (74%), health care (74%) and education as top voting priorities.”

Gay marriage ranked dead last at 28 percent.

Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation's most vociferous opponent of gay marriage, brushed aside the poll's findings.

“Social issues are always further down the list of voters' concerns, below jobs, the economy, getting blown up by terrorists, health care and education – this year is no exception,” Gallagher wrote in an op-ed published in

Conservatives have mounted a campaign to pressure Romney to shift further to the right on social issues, including gay marriage.

“But the values issues continue to be crucial to any Republican who hopes to get elected president,” Gallagher added. “Other than the budget deficit, the only issues strongly favoring Romney are gun control (52 -44) and gay marriage (50-43).”

Gallagher neglected to mention that Romney's lead on the issue of marriage is confined to respondents who said gay marriage was “very important” to their vote. That is, roughly 14% of those surveyed say gay marriage is an important issue and ostensibly oppose its legalization.