(CNN) - A new poll indicates a slight majority of Ohio voters support legalizing same-sex marriage in their state.
According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Monday morning, 50% of Buckeye State voters back the move, with 44% opposed to making same-sex marriage legal.
Sixty-two percent of Ohioans voted in favor of a constitutional amendment in 2004 that banned same-sex marriage and civil unions in the state. The push to put the issue on the ballot in the Buckeye State was seen as a move by the Republican Party to drive conservative voters to the polls to help re-elect President George W. Bush. Then-Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic presidential challenger in 2004, conceded to Bush the day after Election Day after Bush narrowly captured Ohio.
According to the new poll, there are major partisan, generational, and gender divides on the issue of same-sex marriage. Two-thirds of Democrats and 53% of independents but just 29% of Republicans support legal same-sex marriage. By a 15 percentage point margin, women back the move, with men divided. Voters 18-29 overwhelmingly support legalizing same sex marriage, with nearly six in ten over age 65 opposed.
"Given that younger voters support same sex marriage almost 3-1, it would seem to be just a matter of time," said Quinnipiac University Polling Institute assistant director Peter Brown.
The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted Feb. 12-17, with 1,370 registered voters in Ohio questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.