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Posted on 07/01/2010 4:54:26 AM PDT by NYC GOP Chick
July 1, 2010 - New York City Voters Oppose Mosque Near Ground Zero, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Does Mosque Foster Understanding Or Insult 9/11 Victims?
New York City voters oppose 52 - 31 percent a proposal by a Muslim group to build a mosque and cultural center two blocks from Ground Zero, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Another 17 percent are undecided.
Opinions about the proposed mosque range from 46 - 36 percent support among Manhattan voters to 73 - 14 percent opposition in Staten Island, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.
Opposition to the mosque is 56 - 31 percent among white voters, 45 - 34 percent among black voters and 60 - 19 percent among Hispanic voters. Opposition among religious groups is 66 - 22 percent among Jews, 66 - 24 percent among white Catholics and 46 - 36 percent among white Protestants.
By a 44 - 28 percent margin, with 28 percent undecided, New York City voters say they have a generally favorable opinion of Islam. Voters with a favorable opinion of Islam support the mosque 54 - 30 percent while those with an unfavorable opinion oppose it 86 - 7 percent.
"New York enjoys a reputation as one of the most tolerant places in America, but New Yorkers are opposed to a proposal to build a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero. Is it because we're still nursing the wounds from the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center or is it more like bigotry?" asks Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
"Opponents suggest that the mosque would dishonor the memory of the attack's victims.
"There's little overt hostility to the religion of Islam, although Quinnipiac University's borough-by-borough poll shows considerable variation."
"Liberal Manhattan accepts the mosque and trusts Islam. Staten Island, where there's controversy about another proposed mosque, is more skeptical," Carroll added.
Fifty-six percent of New York City voters, including 58 percent of whites, 50 percent of blacks and 48 percent of Hispanics, say they personally know a Muslim. A total of 52 percent say they understand Islam "very well" or "fairly well," while 45 percent say "not very well."
Mainstream Islam is a "peaceful religion," 55 percent of New York City voters say, while 22 percent say Islam "encourages violence against non-Muslims." Another 23 percent are undecided.
Those who personally know a Muslim say 68 - 17 percent that it is a peaceful religion but are divided on the mosque proposal, with 41 percent supporting it and 43 percent opposed.
Opinions on Islam as a peaceful or violent religion range from Manhattan, where voters say 68 - 12 percent that Islam is peaceful, to Staten Island, where voters say 48 - 29 percent that it is peaceful, from blacks, who say 61 - 12 percent it is peaceful, to whites who say 53 - 28 percent it is peaceful.
Jewish voters split as 42 percent say Islam is peaceful and 41 percent say Islam encourages violence. White Catholics say 48 - 31 percent it is peaceful, as do white Protestants 64 - 18 percent.
A mosque near Ground Zero would "foster understanding and teach people that not all Muslims are terrorists," 42 percent of New York City voters say. Of this group, 68 percent support the mosque.
Another 42 percent of voters say the mosque "is an insult to the memory and families of 9/11 victims." Of this group, 93 percent oppose the mosque.
From June 21 - 28, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,183 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.
The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and nationwide as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.
Just makes it all the more satisfying for allah’s followers.
There's your problem, right there. People are pretty brainwashed. "Who're you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?"
Common sense in New York City? Apparently Hell has frozen over...
Really? This guy needs to learn how to read his own employer's polls, because (according to the data in Q24a) less than half of "liberal Manhattan" is in favor of this mosque.
Dear Mr. Obama,
Thank you for not going to Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day. There
is something very sacred about that place and about that day.
Those who bled and died for this country deserve to be honored and saluted by
people who love their country and honor their sacrifice.
You don’t belong there.
Thank you for realizing that and going to Chicago .
Craig P. Jacobi, Col , USA , (Ret)
McLean , VA
Those who want to build the Mosque are the “Cordoba Institute”.
How many of you know what Cordoba means to Islam? Once you do then you can see exactly what this represents.
George W. Romney was creamed for even using the word “brainwashed” in 1967; now Republican primary voters are set to nominate a second Romney in 2012. The electorate never learns and never knows.
This is shocking that a majority believe Islam is peaceful. This is total brainwashing.
Well there's a stupid lot.
I blame the public schools.
Cordoba, in Spain, once a Muslim conquest.
A city they’d like to have again.
'Mainstream' Islam is peaceful. It's only the 99% on the fringe who support violence.
In my opinion, Obama doesn't belong anywhere on American soil except Gitmo, where he should be sent after he is impeached and convicted of treason.
They've got two strikes against them and are still at bat wearing a blindfold.
Too bad they're taking the rest of the country down to hell with them.
Headquarters of the libtard media and every wacked out crazy concept known.
No it isn't. They'll do what they are told or be killed themselves.
The violence comes straight out of the mosques.
Muslim women are victims of islam, and logically peaceful. Muslim men routinely beat their wives, perform genital mutilation on their daughters and even kill them with some regularity. Nothing violent about that.
Using your propaganda figure, taking 1/2 of the 99% (women) that takes out the 49.5% who are "peaceful"...and leaves 49.5% who could whack out at the drop of a hat.
(Plus your 1% of a billion of course)
Doesn’t matter what the people want. It’s what the liberal elite wants. They will force upon us what they think is best for us.
Correct, but it’s not as specific.
Cordoba (in Spain) was a capital (in exile) of the Damascus Caliphate. Muslims see it as the lost opportunity to conquer the west. It is said Osama Bin Laden still weeps at the loss of Muslim Spain.
The DELIBERATE use of Cordoba here is to show that the west is to be conquered again. Every Muslim alive would know what this means. It is so obvious to them.
Muslims place holy places on their greatest Military victories. Mecca and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem are built on the top of the conquered enemies most treasuered places.
This is the same idea. When the American useful idiots see peace, the Muslims see weakness.
Put the mosque on the upper west side and see how the liberals respond.
Just for the record, have the Jersey Girls weighed in on this yet?
I see the ragheads getting a taste of their OWN MEDICINE, should construction actually start.
Here’s where it will get interesting ( it might even reach the SCOTUS ) -— The various Muslim groups in the USA unify and file a lawsuit claiming discrimination against their religion and a constitutional violation of the right to practice one’s religion.
It will be interesting to see how the various justices will decide on this one ( my bet is the Muslims win ).