Minnesota voters support legalizing gay marriage by a narrow 2 point margin.

According to a Public Policy Polling survey of 1,065 voters and 373 usual Democratic voters, 47 percent of respondents support marriage equality, while 45 percent remain opposed.

Democrats and Republicans are at opposite ends of the issue: 74 percent of Democrats favor it and 79 percent of Republicans are opposed.

When given a choice, 43 percent said they support gay nuptials, and 32 percent civil unions. Twenty-three percent said there should be no legal recognition of gay relationships.

Supporters are expected to propose legislation legalizing such unions. The push comes after Minnesota became the first state to reject a constitutional amendment which sought to limit marriage to heterosexual couples and Democrats regained control of the Minnesota Legislature.

“Minnesota's marriage equality advocates are in a strong starting position if they decide to push to allow gay marriage,” said Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, a Democrat, is a vocal supporter of extending marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples.