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Catalyst of Change? President Obama's Impact on Public Opinion of Same-Sex Marriage
King, James Murat

2013, BA, Kent State University, College of Arts and Sciences / Department of Political Science.
This work sought to examine the possible impact that President Obama had on public opinion of marriage equality, one of the most controversial social issues in the contemporary United States. To gauge this possible correlation, three main components were examined: public opinion, the history of the marriage equality movement, and President Obama. Direction was then focused on the various actions of the president, namely his endorsement, activity in the second term, legislative, and executive acts. Last, the rapidly changing public opinion was analyzed in three dimensions: political parties, minorities, and the overall public.
This work found that while President Obama seems to not have had a large impact among the general public, he has increased support in specific group. The first would be the Democratic Party, which after Obama's endorsement in 2012, quickly made marriage equality an integral part of its platform. Another group influenced would be African Americans, who changed their view on marriage equality rapidly after Obama's comments. While President Obama has made LGBT rights and marriage equality part of his legacy, like presidents before him, Obama has been unable to sway overall public opinion on a controversial social issue.
Richard Robyn (Advisor)
Gabriella Paar-Jakli (Committee Member)
Sara Newman (Committee Member)
Matthew Shank (Committee Member)
74 p.

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