While presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney spent much of Friday attempting to shift the campaign focus back to the economy, a new poll indicated that 51 percent of the nation backed President Barack Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage.
According to a new USA Today/Gallup poll, more than half of Americans approve of Obama's new position on marriage equality, compared with 45 percent who disapprove. Nearly 13 percent said Obama's shift in position will make them more likely to vote for him, while 26 percent said it will make them less likely. But an overwhelming 60 percent said it would not affect how they vote in November.
Meanwhile, Romney told factory workers in Charlotte, N.C. Friday that he would "put America back to work" if elected president, his latest attempt to shift the discussion back to the economy and away from gay marriage and bullying.
Allegations he bullied a supposedly gay high-school classmate have dogged Romney's campaign team since Thursday. A Washington Post expose featured several of Romney's high-school friends admitting that they helped Romney to cut the hair of, and taunt, a fellow student.
The former Massachusetts governor claimed to have no memory of the incident, although he did apologize for “dumb things” he did in high school.