Most think Obama’s decision on gay marriage was political

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A new New York Times/CBS News poll finds 67% of Americans suspect that President Obama was motivated by politics, not policy, when he declared his support for same-sex marriage, while 24% said it was “mostly because he thinks it is right.”

“The results reinforce the concerns of White House aides and Democratic strategists who worried that the sequence of events leading up to the announcement made it look calculated rather than principled.”

In a head-to-head general election match up, Mitt Romney now leads Obama 46% to 43%. The two men were tied in a similar poll last month and Romney has a similar lead in the polling composite.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.