A majority of British voters support the government's plans to legalize gay marriage perhaps as early as next year.

According to a poll conducted for the UK's The Guardian, 62 percent of respondents support legalizing gay nuptials, while 31 percent remain opposed. Seven percent refused to answer.

Support has risen 17 points, while opposition has decreased 5 points, over the last 9 months.

A majority of Conservatives support Prime Minister David Cameron's proposal by a 52-42% margin. Opposition in the party has dropped 7 points since March. Majorities were also found among Labour (67%) and Liberal Democrat (71%) supporters.

Cameron has come under fire from religious leaders and the Tory backbench for pushing for the marriage reforms.

In a message delivered on Christmas Day, Vincent Nichols, head of the Roman Catholic church in England and Wales, called the process to legalize such unions “shambolic.”

“There was no announcement in any party manifesto; there's been no green paper; there's been no statement in the Queen's speech. And yet here we are on the verge of primary legislation,” he told the BBC.