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

In an ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted by Langer Research Associates and released Thursday, pollsters asked about the BSA's proposal to partially end its gay ban.

Under the plan, set to be voted on later this month, gay scouts younger than 18 would be permitted but adults would continue to be banned.

Sixty-three percent said they support allowing gay scouts, and a majority (56%) said they oppose the organization's plan to continue to ban gay adults. Thirty-nine percent favor keeping the ban on adults.

While a majority (56%) of Catholics oppose the continue ban on gay scout leaders, Protestants are more divided with 47 percent opposed and 49 percent in support.

Similarly, a majority of Democrats (68%) and independents (61%) opposed the ban on gay adults, while 61 percent of Republicans support the proposed plan.