National Journal political insiders, true to form, were split on the impact President Obama's gay marriage announcement would have on Democrats on Election Day.
A little less than half of Democratic insiders said Obama's decision to give a full-fledged endorsement of same-sex marriage, ending months "evolving" and equivocating, would help their party, while two-thirds of Republican insiders thought the impact would be detrimental to Democrats. More Democratic insiders, however, worried that the move would hurt their party than Republicans who said it would help the President.
Will President Obama's support for same-sex marriage help or hurt the Democratic Party on Election Day?
(106 votes) Republicans
(106 votes) Help 42% 13% No impact 36% 21% Hurt 23% 66%
Democrats said the announcement was a sure-fire way to rile up the base. "Progressives needed a flag to wave," one said. "This year it will be rainbow stripes."
"The President's support is consistent with who we are as Democrats--for equality and civil rights," another reiterated. "It is also on the right side of history. And, incidentally, getting his position out of the closet, so to speak, early, is smart politically--[it] allows the focus to be on other issues."