A majority of New Jersey voters say gay marriage should be legalized.

According to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll of 914 registered voters released Tuesday, 54 percent of respondents support gay marriage, and 35 percent oppose it.

However, a majority also say the issue should be put up for a vote.

Fifty-three percent of respondents said they support Governor Chris Christie's call for voters to decide the issue at the ballot box. Supporters of marriage equality have rejected the idea, arguing that civil rights should never be put up for a vote.

“It may be that given several polls showing majority support among voters, supporters of same-sex marriage think it would win in November,” pollster David Redlawsk, a political science professor at Rutgers University, said in a statement. “But in the face of a likely intensive campaign from opponents, this could be wishful thinking.”

The survey was released a day after the New Jersey Senate voted in favor of legalizing gay marriage by a wider margin than expected, and two days before an expected vote in the Assembly.

Christie has said he would veto the bill if it reached his desk.