Fifty-four percent of Oregonians say they would vote to legalize gay marriage.

According to a Public Policy Polling released Friday, a large majority of Oregon voters (77%) believe the issue should be put up to a vote, while 14 percent disagree. Nine percent said they were not sure. Fifty-four percent said such unions should be legal, and 40 percent remain opposed.

Jeana Frazzini, executive director of Basic Rights Oregon, the state's largest gay rights advocate, recently told The Oregonian that her group is “likely” to back a 2014 campaign to repeal the state's 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment defining marriage as a heterosexual union.

But the effort might wait a little longer if activists take pollster Tim Hibbits' advice.

“They will definitely do better in a high turnout election, because it would bring out younger voters who are more comfortable with gay marriage,” he said. “They would have a chance in 2014, but it's a much dicier proposition for them because of the turnout mix.”

Since 2007, Oregon has recognized gay couples with domestic partnerships.

(Related: Oregon House elects Tina Koteck speaker; first openly lesbian leader.)