A majority of Utahns support the elimination of a state law known as the “Zion curtain” that requires restaurants to prepare alcoholic drinks out of customers’ sights.

The law requires alcoholic drinks to either be prepared in a different room or behind a 7-foot-2-inch barrier, and 63 percent of residents support eliminating it, according to the poll conducted by Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy.

The poll also found that 69 percent disagreed that these barriers in restaurants reduced drinking and 67 percent disagreed that removing them would increase drinking.

A bill proposed this year by Rep. Kraig Powell (R) would have allowed restaurants to do away with the barrier if they posted signs at all public entrances noting that alcohol was prepared in public view. The bill did not make it past committees for a legislative vote.

The poll found 43 percent support getting rid of barriers and requiring restaurants to post signs, while 63 percent support getting rid of barriers without requiring signs.

Democrats and those with no religious affiliation were most supportive of eliminating the law (81 percent and 99 percent, respectively), but a majority of Republicans (51 percent), Mormons (51 percent) and those of other faiths (87) also were supportive.