A large majority of Americans say they wouldn't rule out a presidential candidate based on sexual orientation.

According to a poll released Thursday by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, 3 percent of Americans said they would be more likely to support a presidential candidate who is gay or lesbian, and a third (33%) said they would be less likely to support such a candidate, a 13 percent drop from 2007.

The real news, however, is the number of respondents who said it wouldn't matter either way. Pollsters found a large majority (62%) of respondents unconcerned about sexual orientation, up from 51% four years ago.

According to the poll, Americans are less likely to support a candidate who has had an extramarital affair over one that is gay by 13 percentage points (46 percent vs 33 percent, respectively).

Which led newsweekly Time to ask whether adulterer Newt Gingrich would have a better chance at the GOP presidential nomination running as a gay man, and The New Civil Rights Movement to suggest that Fred Karger, an openly gay GOP presidential candidate, is better situated than Gingrich.