A majority of Americans support the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) ban on gay leaders, a USA Today/Gallup poll has found.

According to the survey, conducted between November 26-29, 52 percent of respondents said the “Boy Scouts of America should not allow openly gay adults to serve as Boy Scout leaders.” Forty-two percent said the BSA should lift its ban, while 6 percent said they had no opinion.

The same respondents, however, overwhelmingly support inheritance rights (78%) and insurance benefits (77%) for gay spouses. Sixty-one percent said they approve of adoption rights for gay men and lesbians. And 53 percent endorsed the legalization of gay marriage.

Gallup noted in releasing its data: “Less than half of Americans … support the idea of openly gay adults as Boy Scout leaders. Given the lack of a trend on this question, it is not clear whether support is higher than in the past, or the degree to which the lack of support may reflect respondents' reluctance to say how a private organization should decide who holds its position of leadership.”