A new survey released Wednesday found a majority of Americans support ending the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) ban on openly gay scouts and leaders.

According to the Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Polling Institute, 55 percent of respondents believe the ban should end, while 33 percent remain opposed.

“Now that the Armed Forces ban on openly gay service members has been lifted, and polls show increasing acceptance of same-sex marriage, most American voters think it's time to open up the Boy Scouts too,” Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in releasing the findings.

Strongest support for lifting the ban is found among women (61%), white Roman Catholics (63%), African Americans (57%) and Hispanics (57%).

Seventy-one percent of Democrats support ending the ban, while 51 percent of Republicans remain opposed. A plurality of men, 49 -to -39 percent, believe in inclusive scouting.

The poll arrived on the same day the BSA board announced that a vote on the ban would be delayed until May.

(Related: Boy Scouts delays decision on lifting gay ban.)