Of 47 readers who took a Patch poll on President Barack Obama's recent positive stance on gay marriage, the majority indicated they thought his support of it would help his reelection bid.
The poll, while not scientific, does provide insight about how Patch reders view one of the most controversial issues of the current presidential campaign.
The poll results show that 18 people, or 38 percent of the 47 who answered, believe that the president's pro gay-marriage stance will help him in his reelection bid.
Fifteen people -- 31 percent -- said that they hated the fact that the president took the pro-gay stance.
And 14 people, or 29 percent, said they believed his views would hurt his chances.
"At a certain point, I've just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married," Obama told ABC News' Robin Roberts in an interview.