A large majority of New Jersey voters want a chance to vote on whether to legalize gay marriage in the state.

According to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll of 923 New Jersey adults released Monday, 68 percent of respondents support placing the question of marriage equality on the fall ballot, 25 percent remain opposed.

Sixty-two percent said they would vote in favor of legalizing such unions. Thirty percent said they would vote no, while 8 percent refused to answer.

“While Democratic leaders have called same-sex marriage a civil right that should not be subject to a vote, the evidence is that voters would readily align New Jersey with other states that have already legalized same-sex marriage,” David Redlawsk, director of political science at Rutgers University, said in releasing the poll's findings. “It may simply be time to move that way for those who want the issue resolved.”

Seventy-five percent of those who want the issue on the ballot would vote in favor, while 20 percent said they would vote against it.

“Many of those who oppose same-sex marriage appear to recognize it is likely to pass if on the ballot,” he added. “Thus they would prefer to keep it off the ballot in the first place.”

In vetoing a marriage law approved by lawmakers, Republican Governor Chris Christie said that the people of New Jersey should decide the issue.