The majority of voters in New Jersey support same-sex marriage, a poll has revealed.
According to the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, who surveyed 1,460 registered voters from 10 January to 16 January, 52% of voters in the US state think same-sex couples should have the right to marry, while 42% think they should not.
The news comes as Democrats make a legislative push for marriage equality and it's the first time support for it has topped 50%.
Speaking to website North Jersey, poll director Maurice Carroll said: 'Democrats are making same-sex marriage their big opening issue and New Jersey voters support them.
'There are demographic splits – Catholics are more supportive than Protestants. All groups support same-sex civil unions.
'Most groups support allowing same-sex couples to adopt children, while black voters are divided on that issue.”
Carroll said the younger voters are, the more they support gay marriage.
'Someone asked me if I was for or against gay marriage. It’s like being against the sun rising in the east,' he said. 'It’s inevitable.'