For years, polls have shown that black people are more resistant to homosexuality than the population at large. As recently as April, a Pew poll showed only 39 percent of black people in favor, compared with 47 percent of white Americans.
Now, all of sudden, a new poll shows black people MORE accepting of gay marriage than the population at large--59 percent of blacks supported it, compared with 50 percent of whites.
One poll of 1,004 Americans does not mean this view is set in stone. The margin of error was 3.5 percentage points in either direction for the full sample, and higher for black folks because of the smaller sample size. But still--is there any way to explain this shift other than Obama's announcement?
UPDATE, MAY 30: The AP polling guru told me that the sample size was too small to declare this a real trend, or to draw any major conclusions from it. But it does bear watching to see what will happen...
Jesse Washington is a Senior Writer for ESPN's TheUndefeated.com