Quinnipiac University released a poll this morning showing that the majority of New York City voters are opposed to Cordoba House’s plan to build a mosque and Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero. The poll of 1,183 registered city voters showed 52 percent in opposition, 31 percent in favor, and 17 percent undecided.
While the level of opposition varied, no group of voters had an outright majority of support for the project.
There was little variation among different groups of religious voters: Jews and Catholics both oppose the project by 66 percent, and while Protestants were a little more tolerant with 46 percent, their level of support was still far short of a majority (36 percent). (Besides, who cares what Protestants think these days, anyway? Elenea Kagan’s likely confirmation to an entirely Catholic-Jewish court shows their decline in America these days.)
The poll did not report how Muslims as a religious group felt about the subject.
There is a great variation of feelings between the boroughs. Quinnipiac director Maurice Carroll observes that New Yorkers are not hostile to Islam in general, but are opposed to building a mosque near Ground Zero — and that opposition increases depending on what part of the city they are from.
In Manhattan, only 36 percent of voters oppose the mosque, while 73 percent do in Staten Island. Queens (52 percent opposed), Brooklyn (57 percent) and the Bronx (57 percent) fall in between. There’s also a big split between Democratic (45 percent) and Republican (82 percent) levels of opposition.
Regardless of opinion polls, as the Wall Street Journal reports, the future of what the project will look like currently rests with the city’s Landmark Preservation Commission, which ” will decide whether the building currently on the site is architecturally significant enough to merit protected status.”