New Yorkers have very mixed impulses about the proposed Islamic center two blocks from Ground Zero.
According to a new poll from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., New Yorkers agreed — by a 54% to 40% margin — with this statement: “that because of American freedom of religion, Muslims have the right to build the mosque near Ground Zero…”
At the same time, though, respondents agreed — by a 53% to 39% margin — with this statement: “that because of the sensitivities of 9/11 relatives, Muslims should not be allowed to build the mosque near Ground Zero.”
In the end, poll respondents prefer that the developers CHOOSE to move the site, which makes sense if you consider the above results.
By a large 71% to 21% percent majority, voters agree “that because of the opposition of Ground Zero relatives, the Muslim group should voluntarily build the mosque somewhere else. (italics mine)”
Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, explains: “The heated, sometimes angry, debate over the proposal to build a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero has New York State voters twisted in knots, with some of them taking contradictory positions depending on how the question is asked.”
He also says: “Overwhelmingly, across all party and regional lines, New Yorkers say the sponsors ought to voluntarily move the proposed mosque to another location.”
According to the poll, New Yorkers (meaning across the state) agree that Islam is a peaceful religion, by a 54-21 margin (with 24% undecided).
The “peaceful” numbers vary across the state: 62-21 in NYC; 51-25 in the Burbs; and 49-28 upstate.
Finally, respondents overwhelmingly said — 71 to 22 percent — that Attorney General Andrew Cuomo should investigate the financing of the proposed Islamic center.