Poll Shows Most Believe Ground Zero Mosque Inappropriate

08.26.10 | FL News Team

A new poll indicates a majority of Americans take a dim view of the idea of a mosque and Islamic cultural center two blocks from where the World Trade Center once stood.  The CBS News poll shows 72-percent say building a mosque so close to the site is inappropriate, while 22 percent say it is acceptable.

Those who have a favorable opinion of Islam are more likely to view the mosque as appropriate.  People with an unfavorable view of Islam have a decidedly negative opinion of the proposal.  Still, nearly seven out of ten agree that the developers do have a right to build a mosque at that location.

Overall, the poll indicates 24 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of Islam, while 39 percent expressed an unfavorable opinion.  Some 37 percent don't have an opinion of the religion.  The poll was conducted by telephone among a random sample of one-thouand-82 adults across the U.S.