Poll New Yorkers Give Conflicting Opinions On Mosque

08.31.10 | FL News Team

(New York, NY)  --  New Yorkers are torn on plans to construct a mosque and Islamic cultural center two blocks from Ground Zero.  A new Quinnipiac University poll of registered New York state voters found 54 percent said Muslims have the right to build the mosque near the former World Trade Center site.  However, 53 percent also said that right should be denied out of sensitivity for the loved ones of those killed on 9-11.

In a statement, the pollsters said many respondents seemed to give conflicting answers depending on how the question was asked.  A whopping 71 percent said the organization behind the proposed mosque should move it voluntarily.  Another 71 percent said the state attorney general should investigate where the funds to build the mosque will come from.  Meanwhile, 45 percent had a positive view on Islam and 54 percent said Islam is a peaceful religion.