A new poll released Friday shows majority support among Catholics for gay marriage.

According to the Quinnipiac University poll, 54 percent of Catholics favor marriage equality, while 38 percent remain opposed. That's a 5 percent increase in support since a poll from December.

“Catholic voters are leading American voters toward support for same-sex marriage,” Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement.

Overall, the poll found a plurality (47%) of Americans favor marriage equality, while 43 percent remain opposed.

“Among all voters, there is almost no gender gap, but a big age gap. Voters 18 to 34 years old support same-sex marriage 62 – 30 percent; voters 35 to 54 years old are divided 48 – 45 percent and voters over 55 are opposed 50 to 39 percent,” Brown said.

The poll also found that a majority (52%) of Catholics believe church leaders are out of touch with the views of Catholics in America today and that the next pope should move the church in a new direction (55%).