Sixty percent of people in North Carolina oppose a proposed constitutional amendment which would ban gay marriage in the state, a new poll has found.

While only 38 percent of respondents to an Elon University Poll released Monday said they support gay marriage, a majority (60%) said they are opposed to Amendment One, while 32 percent said that they favor the amendment. A majority of respondents (67%) favor either marriage (38%) or civil unions (29%) for gay couples. Only 29 percent say gay couples deserve no legal recognition.

Voters will decide on the measure during North Carolina's May 8 primary.

If approved, the amendment would bar North Carolina from recognizing the relationships of gay and lesbian couples with marriage, civil unions and possibly domestic partnerships.

Support for the amendment has fallen 6 percent since the poll's February findings.

“These results reflect what's occurring nationwide,” said John Robinson, director of communications for the Elon University Poll. “Opposition to any legal recognition for same-sex couples has been on the decline for a year and support for full marriage rights has been increasing. Our results suggest that the majority of North Carolinians do not want same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships banned in the state constitution. Further, it appears that citizens support at least some kind of legal recognition for same-sex couples, either civil unions or marriages.”

The poll surveyed 534 North Carolina residents and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.24 percentage points.