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New York City Voters Oppose Mosque

NEW YORK CITY VOTERS OPPOSE MOSQUE NEAR GROUND ZERO, QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL FINDS;
DOES MOSQUE FOSTER UNDERSTANDING OR INSULT 9/11 VICTIMS?

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New York City voters oppose 52 – 31 percent a proposal by a Muslim group to build a mosque and cultural center two blocks from Ground Zero, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Another 17 percent are undecided.

Opinions about the proposed mosque range from 46 – 36 percent support among Manhattan voters to 73 – 14 percent opposition in Staten Island, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Opposition to the mosque is 56 – 31 percent among white voters, 45 – 34 percent among black voters and 60 – 19 percent among Hispanic voters. Opposition among religious groups is 66 – 22 percent among Jews, 66 – 24 percent among white Catholics and 46 – 36 percent among white Protestants.

By a 44 – 28 percent margin, with 28 percent undecided, New York City voters say they have a generally favorable opinion of Islam. Voters with a favorable opinion of Islam support the mosque 54 – 30 percent while those with an unfavorable opinion oppose it 86 – 7 percent.

“New York enjoys a reputation as one of the most tolerant places in America, but New Yorkers are opposed to a proposal to build a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero. Is it because we’re still nursing the wounds from the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center or is it more like bigotry?” asks Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“Opponents suggest that the mosque would dishonor the memory of the attack’s victims.

“There’s little overt hostility to the religion of Islam, although Quinnipiac University’s borough-by-borough poll shows considerable variation.”

“Liberal Manhattan accepts the mosque and trusts Islam. Staten Island, where there’s controversy about another proposed mosque, is more skeptical,” Carroll added.
Fifty-six percent of New York City voters, including 58 percent of whites, 50 percent of blacks and 48 percent of Hispanics, say they personally know a Muslim. A total of 52 percent say they understand Islam “very well” or “fairly well,” while 45 percent say “not very well.”

Mainstream Islam is a “peaceful religion,” 55 percent of New York City voters say, while 22 percent say Islam “encourages violence against non-Muslims.” Another 23 percent are undecided.

Those who personally know a Muslim say 68 – 17 percent that it is a peaceful religion but are divided on the mosque proposal, with 41 percent supporting it and 43 percent opposed.

Opinions on Islam as a peaceful or violent religion range from Manhattan, where voters say 68 – 12 percent that Islam is peaceful, to Staten Island, where voters say 48 – 29 percent that it is peaceful, from blacks, who say 61 – 12 percent it is peaceful, to whites who say 53 – 28 percent it is peaceful.

Jewish voters split as 42 percent say Islam is peaceful and 41 percent say Islam encourages violence. White Catholics say 48 – 31 percent it is peaceful, as do white Protestants 64 – 18 percent.

A mosque near Ground Zero would “foster understanding and teach people that not all Muslims are terrorists,” 42 percent of New York City voters say. Of this group, 68 percent support the mosque.

Another 42 percent of voters say the mosque “is an insult to the memory and families of 9/11 victims.” Of this group, 93 percent oppose the mosque.
From June 21 – 28, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,183 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and nationwide as a public service and for research.

For more data or RSS feed– http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

20. Do you personally know anyone who is a Muslim, or not?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Wht Blk Hisp

Yes 56% 49% 54% 63% 58% 50% 48%
No 43 50 45 35 41 49 52
DK/NA 1 1 1 2 1 1 –

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Yes 41% 54% 66% 60% 54% 63% 50%
No 59 45 33 38 43 36 48
DK/NA 1 1 1 2 3 1 2

AGE IN YRS……. NoColl Coll POL PHIL………
18-34 35-54 55+ Degree Degree Lib Mod Con

Yes 60% 61% 47% 42% 69% 69% 56% 43%
No 40 38 50 57 30 30 43 55
DK/NA – 1 2 2 1 – 1 2

OPN ISLAM Q21 WHITE……
Fav Unfav Prot Cath Jew

Yes 72% 44% 66% 51% 49%
No 27 56 33 48 50
DK/NA 1 1 1 1 1

21. Would you say you have a generally favorable or unfavorable opinion of Islam, the Muslim religion?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Wht Blk Hisp

Favorable 44% 27% 50% 44% 42% 50% 37%
Unfavorable 28 53 21 28 36 20 25
DK/NA 28 20 30 28 23 29 37

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Favorable 43% 45% 52% 41% 28% 46% 43%
Unfavorable 28 29 22 27 43 29 27
DK/NA 29 26 27 32 29 25 30

AGE IN YRS……. NoColl Coll POL PHIL………
18-34 35-54 55+ Degree Degree Lib Mod Con

Favorable 52% 50% 35% 38% 50% 58% 47% 25%
Unfavorable 23 29 32 30 25 19 24 47
DK/NA 25 21 33 31 25 23 29 28

KNO MSLM Q20 WHITE……
Yes No Prot Cath Jew

Favorable 57% 28% 52% 36% 30%
Unfavorable 22 36 18 41 49
DK/NA 21 36 30 23 20

22. Every religion has mainstream beliefs, and also fringe elements or extremists. Thinking of mainstream Islam, do you think mainstream Islam encourages violence against non-Muslims, or is it a peaceful religion?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Wht Blk Hisp

Encourages violence 22% 44% 16% 22% 28% 12% 27%
Peaceful religion 55 32 60 58 53 61 48
DK/NA 23 24 24 20 19 27 25

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Encourages violence 17% 29% 12% 25% 29% 21% 23%
Peaceful religion 52 52 68 50 48 60 51
DK/NA 31 19 20 25 22 20 26

AGE IN YRS……. NoColl Coll POL PHIL………
18-34 35-54 55+ Degree Degree Lib Mod Con

Encourages violence 19% 22% 27% 27% 18% 12% 19% 41%
Peaceful religion 62 59 48 43 66 71 56 37
DK/NA 19 19 26 30 16 17 25 22

KNO MSLM Q20 OPN ISLAM Q21 WHITE……
Yes No Fav Unfav Prot Cath Jew

Encourages violence 17% 30% 6% 56% 18% 31% 41%
Peaceful religion 68 38 81 29 64 48 42
DK/NA 15 33 13 15 18 21 16

23. How much of a basic understanding do you think you have of the teachings and
beliefs of Islam, the Muslim religion? Would you say that you understand it –
very well, fairly well, or not very well?
Tot Rep Dem Ind Wht Blk Hisp

Very well 10% 18% 9% 9% 7% 10% 9%
Fairly well 42 38 38 48 47 40 34
Not very well 45 42 50 39 43 48 53
DK/NA 3 3 3 4 2 2 4

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Very well 10% 9% 12% 11% 7% 13% 8%
Fairly well 33 43 44 43 48 46 39
Not very well 54 46 41 41 44 38 51
DK/NA 3 2 3 5 1 4 3

AGE IN YRS……. NoColl Coll POL PHIL………
18-34 35-54 55+ Degree Degree Lib Mod Con

Very well 10% 15% 7% 9% 11% 12% 8% 12%
Fairly well 49 41 38 34 49 48 41 37
Not very well 36 42 53 53 37 37 49 48
DK/NA 4 2 3 4 3 3 3 3

KNO MSLM Q20 OPN ISLAM Q21 WHITE……
Yes No Fav Unfav Prot Cath Jew

Very well 14% 5% 13% 14% 6% 6% 12%
Fairly well 54 27 54 41 60 40 43
Not very well 31 64 32 44 30 53 42
DK/NA 1 5 1 1 4 1 3
24. How much have you heard or read about a proposal by a Muslim group to build a Muslim mosque and cultural center two blocks from Ground Zero – a lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Wht Blk Hisp

A lot 38% 50% 33% 43% 48% 32% 30%
Some 33 30 33 32 34 32 26
Not much 10 7 10 12 8 13 11
Nothing at all 17 12 22 11 10 22 31
DK/NA 2 – 2 2 1 2 2

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

A lot 38% 41% 34% 36% 47% 43% 34%
Some 25 29 37 36 37 32 33
Not much 12 11 10 9 8 10 11
Nothing at all 24 17 17 16 7 14 21
DK/NA 1 1 1 3 1 2 1

AGE IN YRS……. NoColl Coll POL PHIL………
18-34 35-54 55+ Degree Degree Lib Mod Con

A lot 29% 41% 43% 33% 43% 37% 35% 46%
Some 36 35 28 29 36 37 35 24
Not much 10 10 10 12 8 9 11 11
Nothing at all 24 13 15 23 12 15 18 19
DK/NA 1 1 3 2 1 2 1 1

KNO MSLM Q20 OPN ISLAM Q21 WHITE……
Yes No Fav Unfav Prot Cath Jew

A lot 43% 32% 37% 49% 42% 50% 55%
Some 36 29 38 27 31 32 27
Not much 8 13 11 7 12 9 7
Nothing at all 12 25 13 15 11 8 11
DK/NA 1 2 1 1 4 1 –

24a. Do you support or oppose this proposal?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Wht Blk Hisp

Support 31% 10% 37% 32% 31% 34% 19%
Oppose 52 82 45 50 56 45 60
DK/NA 17 8 18 17 13 21 21

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Support 26% 28% 46% 28% 14% 33% 29%
Oppose 57 57 36 52 73 50 54
DK/NA 17 15 18 20 13 17 17

AGE IN YRS……. NoColl Coll POL PHIL………
18-34 35-54 55+ Degree Degree Lib Mod Con

Support 38% 34% 26% 24% 37% 52% 27% 12%
Oppose 47 50 59 56 48 32 55 78
DK/NA 15 17 15 20 15 17 17 11

Cont’d
24a. (cont’d) Do you support or oppose this proposal?

KNO MSLM Q20 OPN ISLAM Q21 WHITE……
Yes No Fav Unfav Prot Cath Jew

Support 41% 18% 54% 7% 36% 24% 22%
Oppose 43 64 30 86 46 66 66
DK/NA 16 18 16 6 18 10 12

Q25……….
Unstnd Insult

Support 68% 1%
Oppose 15 93
DK/NA 17 6

25. Some people say that building a Muslim mosque and cultural center near Ground Zero will foster understanding and teach people that not all Muslims are terrorists; others say that it is an insult to the memory and families of the 9/11 victims – which comes closer to your point of view?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Wht Blk Hisp

Foster understanding 42% 13% 49% 43% 38% 46% 37%
Insult to families 42 77 33 39 51 30 45
BOTH(VOL) 2 2 3 1 2 4 3
NEITHER(VOL) 6 3 5 7 4 7 6
DK/NA 9 5 10 9 6 14 8

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Foster understanding 39% 39% 54% 39% 22% 43% 41%
Insult to families 45 46 27 40 68 41 42
BOTH(VOL) 1 4 2 2 1 2 3
NEITHER(VOL) 4 4 8 5 5 7 5
DK/NA 11 6 8 14 4 8 10

AGE IN YRS……. NoColl Coll POL PHIL………
18-34 35-54 55+ Degree Degree Lib Mod Con

Foster understanding 51% 42% 36% 34% 48% 63% 41% 17%
Insult to families 36 42 46 44 40 23 42 68
BOTH(VOL) 2 2 3 3 2 3 2 2
NEITHER(VOL) 4 5 6 6 5 5 6 4
DK/NA 6 9 10 13 5 6 9 9

KNO MSLM Q20 OPN ISLAM Q21 WHITE……
Yes No Fav Unfav Prot Cath Jew

Foster understanding 53% 27% 65% 15% 42% 30% 28%
Insult to families 34 52 22 72 45 60 61
BOTH(VOL) 1 4 2 2 1 1 3
NEITHER(VOL) 6 5 6 5 3 3 3
DK/NA 6 12 5 6 10 6 5

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