A new poll commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign on Thursday has found has found that Americans voters on average view gay people more favourably than Evangelical Christians.

The poll, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and TargetPoint Consulting, surveyed “1000 likely 2016 voters” to analyse shifting attitudes towards social equality.

Only 18% of around one-in-five respondents said they unfavourably viewed gay and lesbian people, compared to 28% who said they viewed Evangelical Christians unfavourably.

29% of respondents said they viewed gay and lesbian people neither favorably nor unfavorably.

60% of those surveyed agreed to the statement “While some people object to gay marriage, it is not for me to judge,” while only 37% agreed with the statement “Gay marriage is morally wrong and against my faith.”

60% of Catholics also said they were supportive of marriage equality compared to 57% in 2012.

The poll also showed that 75% believe same-sex marriage in all 50 US states would lead to less discrimination against gay people, make coming out easier and that same-sex parented families would have more protection.

Earlier this month, it was found by a separate polling body that 56% of Americans now support same-sex marriage.