The previous poll, taken in early May, showed essentially the same thing. Fifty-three percent said gay marriage should be recognized as valid, while 45 percent disagreed. Going back even further to last November, the breakdown (53/46) was largely the same.
Viewed one way, it's not surprising. A Washington Post-ABC News poll taken after the court handed down the decisions showed that 51 percent of Americans approved of the California ruling and 56 percent approved of the DOMA decision -- largely consistent with the breakdown in the Gallup poll.
But viewed from another angle, it is a little surprising. Support for gay marriage has consistently been on the rise during the last three decades, except 2004, when it dipped amid heightened attention to the issue, after the Massachusetts Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. But heightened attention did not move the needle this time.