President Obama's support of gay marriage makes most Americans happy, but it won't change whether they'll support him in November. Meanwhile, all those angry Republican voters are actually the people with the best emotional well-being. Plus some close-ish numbers from Wisconsin and Ohio. Here's our guide to today's polls and why they matter.
Findings: Most Americans -- 60 percent -- say Obama's backing of gay marriage won't change whether they'll vote for him. Even though it won't change their vote, 51 percent approve of it.
Pollster: USA Today/ Gallup
Methodology: Survey of 1,013 adults nationwide on May 10.
Why it matters: Even though public opinion is quickly moving in favor of gay marriage, it's still a controversial issue (see the Ohio race, below). Obama's advisers were worried about the timing of announcing his support for gay marriage, especially given that the Democratic National Convention is in North Carolina, which just passed a gay marriage ban. Though only 13 percent say it makes them more likely to vote for Obama, the change has other political benefits: a whole bunch of campaign donations.
Caveat: We should wait to see how things shake out. "It is possible that the impact of Obama's same-sex marriage position will ultimately be greater or lesser, depending on the attention paid to the same-sex marriage issue during the duration of the presidential campaign," Gallup says.