A Fox News poll released Thursday shows
President Barack Obama leading Mitt Romney on gay marriage.
The national survey of 930 registered
voters conducted between August 5 and 7 shows 54 percent of voters
have a positive view of Obama. Four years ago, 59 percent of voters
viewed him positively.
The Obama campaign in recent weeks has
released several ads critical of Romney, the likely GOP presidential
nominee, for refusing to release his tax returns.
Romney's favorable rating sits at 46
percent, down from 52 percent in mid-July.
“The events of the past two weeks
appear to have energized Democratic voters a bit,” Republican
pollster Daron Shaw said. “But perhaps more critically,
Romney's support among independents has declined. The Obama campaign
has – at least in the short-term – succeeded in raising questions
about Romney's fitness to govern and in making this less of a
referendum and more of a choice election.”
Respondents said they trusted Obama
more than Romney on gay marriage, 52 percent to 32 percent.
The president announced his support for
gay nuptials in May. He has also said he believes the Defense of
Marriage Act (DOMA), which forbids federal agencies from recognizing
the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples, is unconstitutional.
Last year, Romney signed the National
Organization for Marriage's (NOM) 5-point pledge promising to support
a federal constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, defend the
Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court, appoint judges and an
attorney general who will “respect the original meaning of the
Constitution,” appoint a presidential commission to investigate the
“harassment of traditional marriage supporters,” and back
legislation that would allow a ballot question on the issue for
voters in the District of Columbia.
Romney PAC donated to gay marriage foe NOM in 2008.)