A poll in Ireland has found that 86% of people approve of same-sex relationships.

The poll – conducted by the Sunday Times – surveyed 954 people, and found overwhelming support for same-sex couples.

The Irish government revealed recently that the country’s long-awaited same-sex marriage referendum will take place within the first four months of 2015.

Kieran Rose, of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network said: “This is another welcome demonstration of the transformation in attitudes to lesbian and gay people and of the generosity of Irish voters in their willingness to extend equal status and dignity to lesbian and gay people and lesbian and gay headed families.

“It is clear from this poll and other recent polls public opinion firmly accepts that lesbian and gay people and families headed by lesbian and gay couples should be afforded the same respect, legal status and protections that are available to the rest of society.”

“The widespread public support for more almost 1,500 civil partnerships that have already been celebrated all across Ireland and the growing political and public support shows that Ireland is ready for the next step in the 20 year journey to civil marriage and full Constitutional equality for lesbian and gay people and families.”

Last week, the Irish broadcast regulator condemned a radio host for voicing support for same-sex marriage and not interviewing anyone opposed to it.