Sixty percent of Roman Catholics living in the United States support gay marriage.

According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Friday, 68 percent of American Catholics agree with Pope Francis' recent comments on the church's obsession with moral issues.

Francis said in an interview published last month in the Jesuit magazine Civilta Cattolica that the church had “locked itself up in small things” by obsessing over abortion, contraception and homosexuality.

Eighty-nine percent of respondents also said that they have a “favorable” or “very favorable” opinion of their new pope.

“Maybe they were just waiting for a Jesuit,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, a reference to Francis being the church's first Jesuit pope. “Overwhelmingly, across the demographic board, Catholics – men and women, regular or not-so-regular church-goers, young and old – have a favorable opinion of Pope Francis.”

American Catholics also support marriage equality 60-31 percent, a higher percentage than found among all U.S. adults. Current polls peg support in the low-to-mid 50s.

(Related: Obama praises Pope Francis' remarks on gays, abortion.)