A New York Times/CBS News poll released Monday night shows that President Obama's gay marriage endorsement could hurt him politically.
Most of those polled say the president's position will not impact how they vote. But 26 percent say they are now less likely to vote for Obama, and only 16 percent are more likely to vote for him.
Many voters also suspect that the president's announcement was politically motivated. Sixty four percent think the president changed his gay marriage stance for political reasons, while only 24 percent think it's because he actually thinks gay marriage is right.
Mitt Romney now has a 3-point lead on Obama in the presidential race. Experts say that in such a tight race even the smallest shift could be costly.
The economy remains the most important issue to voters according to the poll. Sixty two percent say its their top concern, followed by the budget deficit at 11 percent and health care at 9 percent.