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50% Of Ohio Voters Not Influenced By Obama's Gay Nup Love: POLL

OhiosignPresident Obama appears to have a slight lead in the battleground state of Ohio, where The Cleveland Plain Dealer and other papers took a poll showingthe commander-in-chief ahead by 5 points with 51% of the likely vote, leaving Romney with 46%.

Here are the demographic breakdowns via the Plain Dealer:

Overall, women favor Obama over Romney 53 percent to 43 percent. Men give Romney a slight edge, 49 percent to 48 percent. White voters break for Romney, 51 percent to 46 percent, while 92 percent of black voters back Obama.

When asked if they were better off now than four years ago -- a staple of presidential politics since Ronald Reagan -- 36 percent said they were worse off, 23 percent better and 41 percent "about the same."

Few other issues appear to be moving the needle much for either candidate.

When asked about the president's health care law, 48 percent of respondents said they want Congress to expand the law or keep it as is…. Though Ohioans last fall at the ballot box renounced the administration's health care mandate by a 2-to-1 margin, only 44 percent of poll respondents said they want it repealed.

According to the survey, Ohioans are surprisingly disinterested in President Obama's recent endorsement of marriage equality: an even 50% said his position makes no difference in their decision making process, though some of those may fear being seen as a homophobic and therefore embellished. One never knows with such hot button issues.

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  1. Gay nup love doesn't mean anything unless it's backed up by legislative support. Where is Obama's legislative - as opposed to personal - support on this? He has not lifted one finger to support us legislatively on the gay marriage issue.

    By the way, why hasn't he done ANYTHING in the last 6 months to further our rights? He has not issued one executive order to further our rights. What about ENDA?

    It should be clear to all gay people that Obama is using us for our votes. Legislatively, he has done little if anything to help the gay rights cause in recent months. You're all being used by Obama.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 23, 2012 7:46:21 PM

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  3. Yeah Jason, we are all being used by Obama because things would be sooo much better under the bigots in the the Rpub party. Get a grip. Congrats Ohioans forrefusing to go along with fear.

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 24, 2012 12:38:55 AM

  4. "According to the survey, Ohioans are surprisingly disinterested in President Obama's recent endorsement of marriage equality: an even 50% said his position makes no difference in their decision making process, ...."

    Am I missing something or does the aforementioned statement indicate that 50% said Obama's position on same sex marriage makes no difference in how they will vote?

    If so, then the OTHER 50% must have said that Obama's position on same sex marriage WILL, or at the very least may, make a difference in how they vote. Those are not very good odds to me.

    Posted by: edwin/elg | Sep 24, 2012 2:02:09 AM

  5. Ohio was one of the states with an anti-marriage equality amendment to the state constitution specifically designed to be at the same time as the presidential election of 2004. It passed. yeas 3,329,335 nays 2,065,462

    "Only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this state and its political subdivisions. This state and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance or effect of marriage."

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Sep 24, 2012 8:02:32 AM

  6. 50% said it makes no difference, 22% said it makes them more likely to vote for Obama, 27% said it makes them more likely to vote for Romney and 1% don't know.

    Posted by: Joe Lacey | Sep 24, 2012 8:48:48 AM

  7. @Joe Lacey: Thanks; I looked for those details but couldn't find them. While it's disappointing to me that two-thirds pf the people who are not against equality don't cate enough to actively support it, I don't think this means much else.
    I suspect that the 27% are not "really" more likely to bote for Romney over this. They are more likely the hard-core tea-bagger types who will answer ANY question about Obama in the negative.

    Posted by: GregV | Sep 24, 2012 11:36:51 AM

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