A majority of South Carolinians remain opposed to marriage equality.

The Winthrop Poll surveyed 1,109 residents by telephone between February 21 and March 1.

More than half of respondents (52.7%) said that they're opposed to gay couples marrying, while 42.8 percent said that such unions should be valid.

Gay and lesbian couples started marrying in the Palmetto State in November after the Supreme Court refused to stay an order striking down the state's ban on gay marriage.

A poll conducted in October found similar results.

β€œThe percentage of all respondents who feel same-sex marriages should be valid – 42.8% – is nearly identical to the percent in South Carolina who felt same-sex marriage should be valid in 2013 when accounting for the margin of error for both polls,” pollsters wrote in releasing their results.