According to the latest Quinnipiac University poll, 54% of people agree that the developers of Park51 have the right to build a mosque near Ground Zero. However, almost that same percentage (53%) thinks that they should not be able to build the mosque there due to the sensitivities of 9/11 relatives. Confused yet?
“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,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
Contradictory, indeed. What are rights when feelings are involved, eh?
The largest majority of people, 71% overall in New York, think that the group should just agree to build the mosque somewhere else — although a lesser 63% of New York City-dwellers think that. And 71% of people also think Attorney General Andrew Cuomo should investigate the mosque’s financing.
62% of folks polled in New York City considered Islam a peaceful religion, while almost a quarter think that it encourages violence against non-Muslims. As for non-Muslims encouraging violence against Muslims, well, that was not included in the poll.