A plurality of Utahns support gay marriage, according to a poll released Monday.

The poll, conducted last week by Benenson Strategy Group and commissioned by Freedom to Marry, asked 500 adults whether gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to marry in Utah. Forty-nine percent of respondents said they should be allowed, while 48 percent said they remain opposed.

Majorities of Democrats (79%) and independents (51%) support marriage equality, as do 29 percent of Republicans.

Sixty-nine percent of respondents said same-sex marriage would not affect their families.

Ninety-four percent of married respondents said allowing gay couples to marry would affect their own marriages not much or not all, while 5 percent said it would a great deal or somewhat.

A large majority (67%) of respondents also want the Supreme Court to decide the issue and 66 percent believe the court will strike down state marriage bans.

“This poll shows that the people of Utah, like Americans all across the country, already support or are ready to live with the freedom to marry,” Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, said in a statement announcing the findings. “Utahns, like Americans generally, believe the Supreme Court should act now and will rule in favor. Indeed, when the freedom to marry has come to states like Utah, there has been little or no real opposition or concern – even those who are less than keen know it’s coming and doesn’t affect their lives, their families, their marriages, or their community. The ‘dog that didn’t bark’ is further proof that America is ready for the freedom to marry and that it’s time for the Court to bring the country to national resolution.”

Joel Benenson, founder and CEO of Benenson Strategy Group, added: “When the freedom to marry is supported by a plurality in Utah, one of our most conservative states, it demonstrates that there is an irreversible trend taking place and that this trend is accelerating at a pace not previously seen on any issue.”

Supreme Court justices on Monday will meet behind closed doors to consider petitions from cases challenging bans in five states, including Utah, Wisconsin, Indiana, Virginia and Oklahoma.