Poll: Mosque near 9/11 site opposed

Aug. 26, 2010 at 8:13 AM
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NEW YORK, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Most people don't think it's proper to build a mosque and Islamic cultural center near the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack site in New York, a CBS poll indicates.

Seventy-two percent of respondents said building the facility so close to the World Trade Center site was inappropriate, while 22 percent said it was appropriate, the poll released Thursday indicated.

People who responded favorably to building the mosque and cultural center within 2 blocks of the site tend to have a favorable opinion of Islam, the poll indicated. Results showed 50 percent of people with a favorable view of Islam called the possible construction appropriate and 42 percent said it wasn't.

The vast majority of people who view Islam unfavorably -- 88 percent -- said they thought building the mosque close to Ground Zero was inappropriate, while just 9 percent with unfavorable views of Islam thought it was appropriate.

Most Americans -- 67 percent -- said they thought the developers do have a right to build a mosque near Ground Zero, while 29 percent say they do not, the CBS poll indicated.

Overall, 24 percent of Americans said they have a favorable impression of Islam, 39 percent said they have an unfavorable opinion and 37 percent don't have an opinion, results indicated.

Results are based on a nationwide telephone sampling of 1,082 adults conducted Friday through Tuesday. The margin of error is 3 percentage points.

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