Earlier, I wrote about the impact President Obama’s support for legalizing same sex marriage had in Maryland – a state that recently past legislation that would legalize same sex marriages starting in 2013 in my post, Maryland public opinion shifts in favor of same sex marriage. The 12-point shift was attributed to African American voters change in opinion following the President’s endorsement.
Now a Washington Post-ABC survey finds that opinions of same sex marriage in the African American community may be shifting even faster than the Maryland survey would lead people to believe. This survey finds that nationally there has been an 18-point shift with 59% of blacks now saying they are in favor of same sex marriage.
These latest polls show Obama’s announcement may have been shrewd politics as it has united two important bases for the Democratic Party.