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Poll tracks 'new normal'

President Barack Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage caused speculation on what his evolved position will mean politically, but a Gallup poll indicates the public largely backs his views and that his stance may not hurt him at the ballot box.

The May poll showed that by a 54 to 42 percent margin, American adults consider gay and lesbian relations "morally acceptable."

The level of approval has grown steadily since 2002, when it stood at 38 percent, so much so that Gallup considers the current situation "the new normal" in U.S. public opinion.


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