A majority of Scots support gay marriage, a poll released Thursday has found.

According to a YouGov poll of 1118 adults conducted late last month, 56 percent of Scots support legislation allowing gay couples to marry, while 35 percent remain opposed. Eight percent said they were unsure.

A marriage bill received a big boost when it secured “in principle” approval on November 20. Ninety-eight members of the parliament of Scotland voted in favor of the proposed legislation, with only 15 opposed and 5 abstentions. While a final vote remains nearly a year away, the action nearly guarantees passage.

Support was highest among young people, with 77 percent of those aged 18-24 in favor. In contrast, only 38 percent of those aged 60 and over support marriage equality.

“As we approach 2014 it is clear that the large majority of Scots believe it's time LGBT people had full equality, including an equal right to marry the person they love,” Tom French, policy coordinator with Equality Network, which backs the proposed bill, told The Herald.

Scotland for Marriage, a group opposed to same-sex marriage, said that the poll's results “show a significant number of people do not agree with redefining marriage, and the MSPs at Holyrood are utterly out of step with the voters.”