August 11th, 2010
01:02 PM ET
12 years ago

Overwhelming majority oppose mosque near Ground Zero

(CNN) - A proposed mosque to be built two blocks from the World Trade Center has little support nationwide, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll suggests.

According to the new survey out Wednesday, nearly 70 percent of all Americans oppose the controversial plan to build the mosque just blocks away from the solemn site in lower Manhattan while just 29 percent favor the construction.

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Broken down by party affiliation, 54 percent of Democrats oppose the plans while 82 percent of Republicans disapprove. Meanwhile, 70 percent of independents said they are against the proposal.

The poll also showed opposition did not vary widely by age.

"Support for the controversial project is slightly higher among younger Americans than older Americans, but even among those under the age of 50, six in ten oppose the plan," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

Plans to build the $100 million, 13-story 'Cordoba House' three blocks from the site of the attacks on September 11, 2001 have sparked an emotional debate throughout the city. The developer, Sharif El-Gamal, describes the project as an "Islamic community center" that will include a 500-seat performing arts center, a lecture hall, an exhibition space, a swimming pool, a gym, a culinary school, a restaurant and a prayer space for Muslims.

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soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. CherylS

    Would they be opposing a Christian church or a Jewish synagog? If not, then it's religious persecution, plain and simple.

    August 11, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    My vote is to ask the New Yorkers. What do they want?

    August 11, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. nini

    What is the point? It feels like a Slap in the face.

    I still remember every second of that horrifying day and this just doesn't feel right.

    Build it where you want but not in Ground Zero or near Ground Zero, not the best way to heal people.

    CNN please track the funding for this project, don't you claim to have the best team them do your job and trace the funding.

    August 11, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. Ken in Pisgah Forest

    I guess I'm an old fashioned capitalist, but if someone has the desire and the means, then they should be able to build a building, as long as it meets code, anywhere they want without the government interfering with them. But I'm an old fashioned Republican, and I can't seem to turn that belief on and off with the political climate.

    August 11, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. Scott O' Canada

    It's a sad moment indeed when the ideals that were once so rudimentary in your country have been usurped by fear and loathing. After 9/11, the biggest mistake your political leaders made was reacting in the manner in which the terrorist had hoped they would. And now, when once again America has the opportunity to following the high road, many of those in your country continue to be unable to see past their own noses. It's hogh time the world see's America for what it once was and can be again, a country of understanding, compassion and tolerance.

    August 11, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. Doug

    Throughout history, the Islam religion has built their Mosques on the holy ground of conquered peoples. This is what this Mosque is to them – a monument to terrorism and a total disrespect of all who died on 9/11 at the hands of the very people building and funding this mosque. They are also the ones who danced in their streets and rejoiced as our towers burned and our people died.

    Only in America are we stupid enough to allow this. This is where all the liberalism and political correctness come back to bite you – we are being taken advantage of again. And here we are fighting for their rights while they laugh at us and plot to backstab us again.

    August 11, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. neonmadman

    If all you media people would stop calling it a mosque instead of what it really is ( a community center with a mosque in it ) maybe less people would be respond to such fear-mongering. zYou are no better than Fox when you put misleading headlines like this to generate a reaction CNN. Shame on you.

    August 11, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. jim McKee

    to me having a mosque near ground zero woudlbe similar to erecting a bill board close to the Alfred P. Murrah Fed Building site
    saying "April 19, 1995 Timothy McVeigh was here"

    August 11, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. Bob Lees

    Who cares what kind of support it has nationally?

    I though the thing was to go up in New York City? The thoughts and comments from people like Sarah Palin, Rush Limpbaugh and the rest are meaningless. These clowns despise NYC and their opinions are irrelevant.

    August 11, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. Kyle Field

    Let 'em build it...hopefully someone will blow it up.

    August 11, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. Rick in OP

    The lack of outrage expressed by the Muslim community over the recent slaughter of Christian aid workers in Afghanistan tells me "the religion of peace" has some work to do in regard to acceptance of other religious groups. I see absolutely no reason to defer to Muslim sensitivities in the location of the proposed mosque near Ground Zero.

    August 11, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  12. S Callahan

    It would make sense for Bloomberg and his team to revisit this decision making. There is not shame in that. The people have spoken...the awesome responsiblity of those in leadership is to honor the will of the people.

    This is a sacred site...

    August 11, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. John

    Opinions don't matter. The Constitution matters.

    August 11, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  14. Chuck F

    Why not let JAPAN built a Budist Temple at Pearl Harbor?

    August 11, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. will h.

    There's a church closer to the WTC site and nobody complains.

    Oh wait, Christianity is our supposed "National Religion". I guess hypocrisy is OK if Jesus says so.

    August 11, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. usmc1

    Atleast we know that 54 percent of democrats have a set. Thats more than I originally thought.

    August 11, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. SunnyD

    We are not at war with Islam...the foundation of this country is based on freedoms that allow Americans to worship any where anytime. To oppose this Center is to say out loud we have a problem with Muslims and we hae Islam and are at war with Islam. The 9/11 attackers were Muslim all Muslims are not terrorists...come on people this is what makes thie nation the greatest in the history of the world!

    August 11, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. AmericanDoc

    America is what it is because of diversity and represents hope to all people. As it should be. This is true because of the founding fathers roots in judeochristian values. If they had been muslim, then this country would not embrace others from differing backgrounds. This is proven. To argue with this fact is to embrace political correctness as a religion in itself. This being said, we have an enemy that considers us to be in a holy war. It doesn't matter that our side ignores this, it is what it is. If we had let the Japanese build a large Pagoda in view of Pearl Harbor while we were still at war, we would only suggest that we were giving in or just outright weak. The Koran is clear about its position on infidels. A monument to the Koran in literal clear view of this travesty is a sign of submissive or contemptous leadership. Or should I say just another sign. Pick a side. They have.

    August 11, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. Coachslife

    The majority does not get to vote on "Bill of Rights" Issues! You may not like other's personal decisions regarding Inter-racial marriage, race inter-action in the military (a majority at that time, did not want blacks and jews serving equally in the military) or where people can drink water...All of these issues have been settled law for some time....soon, sexual preferences will be too. If you do not like it, DON'T do it but you may not usurp anothers choice!

    August 11, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. Uh Oh!!

    well don't be surprised if there is some sort of retaliation in reagards to this

    August 11, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. Voice of Reason

    This only shows that 70 percent of the American people either do not understand the Constitution (specifically the 1st amendment), OR they choose to ignore it when it is unpopular or different from their views.

    How long till we start sanctioning other religious bodies because we dont agree with them? Should we outlaw Catholics? Mormons? Jews? Baptists? Hindus? Buddhists?

    FACT FROM THIS ARTICLE: 82 percent of people who identify themselves as Republican are blatantly treading on the constitution, and show their disregard the principles that make this nation great.

    I weep for our future.

    August 11, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    You know, it's really a freekin tragedy that more people don't understand that popular opinion does not determine constitutionality and how we apply our laws. It's really exceedingly simple. They own the property, so they get to do whatever the heck they want with it as long as they comply with all applicable land use regulations...and anyone who doesn't like it can grab a number and get in line to be the next person whose constitutionally protected rights to equal treatment and property ownership get trampled. The only reason this has become a big story is because demogogue d-bags are using it as a political wedge issue, which automatically makes it a controversy the "news" media will sensationalize for ratings to up their advertising revenue...even if that means damaging society by treating the ignorant, bigotted nonsense coming out of peoples' mouths with kid gloves and pretending it has merit.

    August 11, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. NVa Native

    Next they'll whine about their fake fear that freedom of religion is under attack and then they'll attack religious freedoms .... wait ..... ?

    August 11, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. aneanderthal

    Don't make a bit of difference to a liberal, that is why we are now paying for Obozocare and the porkulus project during this summer of prosperity. Rewards to the unions, radical islamists and other friends of Hussein Obozo.

    August 11, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. jim atmadison

    That's why the Constitution doesn't allow us to discriminate against people based in their religion.

    The Founding Fathers knew that there would be times when the majority would seek to oppress the minority due to the inflamed passions of the times.

    My own Christian denomination was oppressed in Europe, and that's why my ancestors came to America.

    It would be the height of hypocrisy for me, or for any American with a similar history, to deny the same protections to others that our own ancestors sought in coming here.

    August 11, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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