Last week could not have gone better for the Obama campaign. The press coverage to which the administration and campaign have grown accustomed somehow became even more fawning when the President announced he was finally copping to being a supporter of redefining marriage to include same-sex unions. And that was just the first day. Then the Washington Post reported its bombshell story painting a teenage Mitt Romney as an anti-gay bully. Romney supporters remained somewhat calm about the President's announcement and the media onslought, prompting many to think that support for traditional marriage laws was a liability.
Take it from there CBS/New York Times poll:
Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has a slight edge over President Obama in the race for the White House in the latest CBS News/New York Times poll.
According to the survey, conducted May 11-13, 46 percent of registered voters say they would vote for Romney, while 43 percent say they would opt for Mr. Obama. Romney's slight advantage remains within the poll's margin of error, which is plus or minus four percentage points.
Last month, a CBS News/New York Times poll showed Mr. Obama and Romney locked in a dead heat, with both earning 46 percent support among registered voters. Polls conducted in February and March showed Mr. Obama with an advantage over Romney, while a January poll showed Romney edging out Mr. Obama 47 percent to 45 percent. Another January poll showed the two tied.
At least the Obama campaign has done a good job with campaigning for women's votes, right?
The survey also shows Romney leading Obama among women, with whom the president has consistently been ahead, prompting some complaints from Team Obama about how it was taken and whether it's accurate.
I would mock them for this complaint except that previous polls really did see dramatic support among women for Obama.
No matter what, this poll showing the cost of President Obama's same-sex marriage support and limits to his favorability has got to be pleasing to Team Romney.
Oh, one more thing. The New York Times reports:
Sixty-seven percent of those surveyed by The New York Times and CBS News since the announcement said they thought that Mr. Obama had made it “mostly for political reasons,” while 24 percent said it was “mostly because he thinks it is right.” Independents were more likely to attribute it to politics, with nearly half of Democrats agreeing.