An Internet poll conducted by U.S.
News & World Report finds that people polled believe that
President Obama secretly supports gay marriage despite statements to
The unscientific poll asks readers:
“President Obama says he doesn't support same-sex marriage, but
some of his supporters and opponents suspect otherwise. What do you
A large majority (72%) said they
believe Obama secretly supports gay marriage.
The poll's distinctively religious
audience, however, make its results a bit suspect. It is hosted by
Dan Gilgoff at the magazine's God & Country blog. The
poll's phrasing “opponents suspect otherwise” could lead readers
to answer yes because they sense Obama is being disingenuous and
politically coy, not necessarily that he is a gay rights champion.
One commenter, Shaun, said: “Even if
he does something actively to support gay rights, doesn't mean that
he is in support per se. He may pass bills and laws, remove old
ones, but that does not mean he supports gay rights, but rather
proves that he is doing stuff to keep the LGBT community happy.”
Another, Muser, a self-identified
straight, Christian man, said Obama would be “fine” with gay
marriage and would “love to pack the Supreme Court in eight years
with justices who would eventually overturn the state bans as
“And, that's also the RIGHT way to
get it,” he added.