August 18th, 2010
03:51 PM ET

Poll: New Yorkers oppose mosque, recognize constitutionality

New York voters oppose by a nearly 2-to-1 margin plans to build an Islamic community center and mosque near Ground Zero in Manhattan, according to a new Siena Research Institute poll released Wednesday.

The same voters, however, overwhelmingly say the center's developers have a constitutional right to build it.

When asked if they "support or oppose the proposal to build the Cordoba House," New Yorkers said they oppose the facility, which is expected to cost $100 million, by a 63-27 percent margin. At the same time, by a 64-to-28 percent margin, New Yorkers say Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has the constitutional right to build it.

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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. TJ

    No thank you!!!! you have no right to say that they cant build there mosque. Look in the consttution, look at the country what are we built on!! Relgious freedom!!! Its fine that you dont like what their doing but you cant take their right away. Im not saying Im all for it and Im not Muslim ethier, but it's called freedom. Besides it's kinda like they are making a memorial

    August 23, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  2. eve

    Muslin killed thousands of our people and now they want to build their centers over our dead bodies? Why? There is plenty land somewhere else. Are they trying to tell us that they can do whatever they want in our land and nobody can object? We are not allow to build our churches in their land. There is not freedom of religion in their countries. Why we are so dumb and allow the terrorist to build over their victims? Are we forgetting the ones who died for not reason and their families? Mr. Obama should respect the victims that died and stop this invasion. Wake up America!

    August 22, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  3. Joe Celer

    Even if I did not born in USA, I am a citizen now and I believe that the muslin are trying to make a statement of their power and is telling USA " we came, destroyed you and killed in your own land and now we are going to build our centers in your ashes. We are more powerful and we are invading you in front of your eyes. We will bring our terrorist in the name of the holy war. This just the beginning" This what they are planning and the use the Freedom of religion to achieve their goals. In France the muslins are procreating many children to become the mayority in the country and rule it after. It is the silence invasion. Here they are expanding their landmarks and now lauging on our backyard after they killed thousands of people. Religion is just the excuse they use to take over as we are naive and fall into their games.

    August 22, 2010 at 10:11 am |
    • Nomie

      Wow, those muslins sound way worse than muslims.

      August 22, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  4. Casey

    Religion is a cancer & the imam is a cigarette machine.

    August 20, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
  5. John in Massachusetts

    Building a Mosque near ground zero is like building a monument to those 19 terrorists, at least that's how they will see it. Why should we give them the satisfaction, go build it somewhere else.

    August 19, 2010 at 11:56 am |
    • Luke

      OK, how about in Tennessee? Well, some muslims got protested there too. What about Wisconsin? No, they can't built there either. Liberal California? Nope, denied too. Massachusetts is awfuly liberal. Can they build there, or will they be pushed out of town there too, John?

      August 19, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
    • Joe

      I agree. we will not only allow to build a monument to the terrorist but we are telling them they can do whatever they want in our land even over our death people. They want that mosque to tell the world that they are so powerful that nobody can stop them and they destroyed our buildings, killed our people and terrorize us and now they can come and build over our ashes. They are giving us strong message that they do not care and will use our constitution, our land to invade us and kill us whenever they please. Religion is just the excuse to congregate their terrorist and show how powerful they are.

      August 22, 2010 at 10:26 am |
    • Joe

      Yes, build somewhere else. We will not be allow to build any of our churches in their land and over a place we destroyed. Go somewhere else. We cannot forget the victims and destruction that they cause. We cannot give them a prize for the terror we suffered. We cannot ignore what they did on 9/11.

      August 22, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  6. kamal

    please ,please stop the building of the mosque.because,muslims have started to fight with americans and christians. freedom of religion is missused by mulims in america . they say " towers distroyed by al quida terrarist ,not muslims". but when the tower was distroyed , 99% of muslims celebrated that moment . most of muslims belive that Bin Ladden as a leader of muslims. Osama fighting for islam and muslims .I know wery well about the muslims I'm living south asia with muslim community.many american muslims like to build a mosque in ground zero, but they do not like to build a church , buddist temple or hindu temple in their native country.in islamic countries, most of christians, hindus and buddist are suffered by muslims. in pakistan many christians and hindus killed and given punishment.most young girls were asked to convert to islam, if not,raped or killed by muslims.in indonesia ,iran saudi arabia,kirgistan,uzbekistan and many middle east countries no freedom for other religons. but this countries and muslims like to build mosque america. a muslim not permison to know about other religons.in futher if more than 60% of muslim in america ,other people religons have to lost their rights. I asking american goverment and people please think twice .
    thank you.

    August 19, 2010 at 9:41 am |
  7. Jacob Katz

    All the five religions: Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism do NOT preach violence and hatred towards others. Problem stems with people, ignorance, personal and institutional agendas and vendettas; all the necessary ingredients to be a cooked up and a seasoned politician.

    August 19, 2010 at 1:31 am |
  8. acmed Shams

    May we never forget how brutal and dictatorial the Taliban are and why US forces are so needed there
    Please watch this. Seriously.

    August 19, 2010 at 12:40 am |
  9. One Whose Name Means Beloved of God

    Apparently, 28% of New Yorkers need to go back to civics class.

    August 18, 2010 at 11:56 pm |
  10. Amanda

    Reality, Do you know that you talk too much bs?

    August 18, 2010 at 9:34 pm |
  11. T. Lee

    TELL ME – what does honoring the US Constitution's provision for freedom of religion have to do with The State Department tapping into taxpayers dollars to fund a trip by the man behind this project, Feisal Abdul Rauf, to the Middle East to "promote tolerance"???

    Also – AND GET THIS

    • In 2001 on 60 Minutes, Rauf called U.S. policies “...an accessory to the crime that happened” ("60 Minutes" interview televised shortly after the Sept. 11).


    Next – what does "freedom of religion" – have to do with the US spending taxpayers dollars to repair and/or build mosques in Cairo and other places in the world??!?!?!?

    "U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania Alfonso E. Lenhardt helped cut the ribbon at the 12th-century Kizimkazi Mosque, which was refurbished with assistance from the United States under a program to preserve culturally significant buildings. The U.S. government also helped save the Amr Ebn El Aas Mosque in Cairo, which dates back to 642. The mosque’s namesake was the Muslim conqueror of Christian Egypt, who built the structure on the site where he had pitched his tent before doing battle with the country’s Byzantine rulers. For those who think the Ground Zero Mosque is an example of “Muslim triumphalism” glorifying conquest, the Amr Ebn El Aas Mosque is an example of such a monument – and one paid for with U.S. taxpayer funds".

    Source – The Washington Times: "http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/aug/10/tax-dollars-to-build-mosques/"

    Time to start making stronger and more strident messages to the administration that this isn't about Muslim's freedom of religion – it's about one man's agenda, Iman Feisal Abdul Rauf's AGENDA that is behind what he says compared with what his words and public statements (sometimes in Arabic) reveal are his real purposes in ramming this project through!

    August 18, 2010 at 9:19 pm |
  12. Stonedick

    I have a better idea, why dont we just kick all the islamic and muslim people out of the country then it will be
    a non issue. Better yet why dont we just kick all the people of color out of the country so white people can sit here and
    bicker among themselves. 9/11 was an attack on the US not the WTC.

    August 18, 2010 at 9:05 pm |
    • Luke

      Barring the fact that you are likely being sarcastic; my best friend is white, blonde, blue eyed, from Eastern Europe and Muslim. She's actually quite lovely. Explain...

      August 18, 2010 at 9:22 pm |
    • Amanda

      I have even better idea than yours. Why don't the white peole go back to Europe and give US to Mexicans since they're the closest relatives alive to the native Indians?

      August 18, 2010 at 9:41 pm |
    • Luke

      Amanda – I'll go back to Europe, but only if you can promise that I end up in Sweden. Deal?

      August 18, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
    • One Whose Name Means Beloved of God

      How colored do you have to be to be a person of color? Will be going back to identifying octaroons?

      what about Iranians? they have legal precedence that they are white. Although that may have been overturned later.

      I'm just curious where you would draw the line.

      August 18, 2010 at 11:26 pm |
  13. Jimmy

    Way to straddle the fence, New York.

    August 18, 2010 at 7:44 pm |
  14. Luke

    I have an issue with the numbers and I am not yet sure what to make of it. I can see the 63-27 margin for those against the mosque, but I really don't understand the 64-28 of those that think Mr. Rauf has the right to build this community center. Clearly, the second set of data should be 100-0. Seeing that the set of people were asked both questions, I question the accuracy, from a statistical standpoint, of the first set of numbers. That is, those that don't understand that he has the right to build the community center are not mentally fit to answer the second question unbiasedly. From a mathematical standpoint, these numbers mean nothing.

    August 18, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
    • Amanda

      You are a genius Luke. Both peices of data are a result of propaganda to show as that all those who oppose also supports to build on the groud of constituonal rightds. Since the data was fudged and fudged with the goal of propaganda, it results in such flaw that makes us scientists feel amused.

      August 18, 2010 at 9:39 pm |
  15. SR

    General Manager of Al-Arabiya TV on Ground Zero mosque: "It will be turned into an arena for promoters of hatred, and a symbol of those who committed the crime"
    The General Manager of Al-Arabiya television, Abdul Rahman Al-Rashid, didn't get the memo about how he should be crying victimization and bigotry. "A House of Worship or a Symbol of Destruction?," by Abdul Rahman Al-Rashid in Asharq Alawsat, August 16 (thanks to all who sent this in):

    [...] I cannot imagine that Muslims want a mosque on this particular site, because it will be turned into an arena for promoters of hatred, and a symbol of those who committed the crime. At the same time, there are no practicing Muslims in the district who need a place of worship, because it is indeed a commercial district. Is there a side that is committed to this mosque? The fact is that in the news reports there are names linked to this project that costs 100 million dollars!
    The sides enthusiastic for building the mosque might be building companies, architect houses, or politicized groups that want suitable investments?! I do not know whether the building applicant wants a mosque whose aim is reconciliation, or he is an investor who wants quick profits. This is because the idea of the mosque specifically next to the destruction is not at all a clever deed. The last thing Muslims want today is to build just a religious center out of defiance to the others, or a symbolic mosque that people visit as a museum next to a cemetery....

    August 18, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  16. Smith in Oregon

    The proposed building is a COMMUNITY CENTER which includes a prayer room which could be used for Muslims as well as non-Muslim visitors.

    This old run-down building is not some 'Mosque' with Minarets and Domes which the Faux news network has been spewing out to divide, confuse and mislead the America people.

    This old run-down building is TWO CITY BLOCKs from the Twin Towers site. Next to a Strip-Bar and a Burger King. Are the Faux news network thinking the Strip-Bar is also on 'sacred ground'? Of course not, they don't want you to know it is simply a community center located in a old-building next to a Strip-Bar and a Burger King.

    Next door is the Dakota Roadhouse tavern, ok for the roadhouse but down on a community center?

    August 18, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  17. heroller

    I'm getting sooo tired of this!!! So what about a mosque being built NEAR Ground Zero (two blocks away) isn't that big of a deal!!! Yes, muslim extremists bombed the WTC, but there are other types of muslims besides radicals. Also, believe it or not, America was built up by Christianity. The Christians built their churches all over the land which we stole from Native Americans, who we later butchered, killed and raped. Yet we think that building a mosque near Ground Zero is wrong and immoral.

    August 18, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
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