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. NYCitizen

    What's going to happen now, that the Imam of this proposed Ground Zero mosque has left the U.S. to travel to the Middle East? I believe Ramadam is coming up, and perhaps that is why he went to the Middle East...but we also know the types conspiracies that take place there too! Can we not rescind the OK to build this mosque at Ground Zero??

    August 11, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. November reckoning

    These people who seek to erect the mosque have no empathy for the suffering of those who lost loved ones in the 9-11 attacks made "in the name of Allah." Instead they want to rub all our faces in it and obstinately build it anyway. It is a provocative, mean-spirited gesture despite the bullcr*p PR excuse of building bridges of understanding. This will be a festering sore all around if they succeed.

    August 11, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. a little sad

    That's one of the beauties of the constitution – it prevents the majority from abusing of rights of the minorites.

    No matter how you feel about this viscerally, they have the right to build this on the land they own, as long as it is not violating zoning laws.

    It's a private property issue.

    August 11, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Must mean our dear president is going to be coming out "slamming," demeaning and criticizing the majority of Americans soon. He is totally against Americans, especiall the ones that don't do drugs, work, pay taxes and assume personal responsibility for their lives. He hates America and his wife said she is not proud of our country, I guess that why she took our money and spent it in Spain.

    August 11, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. We need a break

    Why do you have to pick a place right next to ground zero when you have so many other places to build one....we have other important things to worry about....economy, jobs, global warming, education, healthcare, etc, etc, etc

    Is this really needed now? Shame on the insensitive people!!

    August 11, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. vic

    I am not against build mosque but don’t build the mosque near ground zero.
    There are many place they can build mosque

    August 11, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Jesus is the ONLY WAY

    I'm most certainly not one for violence. But I must confess my sinfulness when I say that if I heard someone came along and demolished this mosque, I would not be upset. This mosque signifies a victory over an infidel in the Muslim religion, and I do not see the USA as an infidel (yet) nor defeated (far from it). It is premature at best and in very poor taste, and every American Muslim should realize just how insulting this is to the other citizens of this nation.

    Abba Father, forgive me for my sinful thoughts, I do not wish harm on another human being for all mankind comes from You, and you told followers of Your Son to show the unbelievers Your love, but I am having real difficulty with this mosque...I ask for your wisdom in this matter. In Jesus' name, amen.

    August 11, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. nkm

    This is not surprising. Most Americans understand that this is not a backlash against Muslims as a group, but merely an objection to the insensitivity of this Imam and his backers wanting to put it in this particular spot. If this mosque / cultural center's purpose is exactly what they say it is, they would not object ot putting it somehwere else. But their determination to put it there is understandably raising questions about their true motivation.

    August 11, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. superior

    If a mosque is opposed, all religious buildings should likewise be banned. It was religious fundamentalism and terrorism that made that location ground zero to begin with. It is also interesting to note that a strip club opened about the same distance from the "sacred" sod of ground zero without this vocal opposition.

    August 11, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. DorisV

    It is a sad commentary on the condition of America that so many people are opposed to this community center aka mosque being built near the former towers. There were probably people of the Muslim faith working in the destroyed offices who died that day also. I remember my husband coming home from work and saying that he had to silence some of his coworkers who were saying nasty things about Muslims. They were not aware that one of their coworkers is a Muslim and she was very hurt by their comments. I feel this could be a step toward healing and understanding. I don't view it as disgraceful to those who died that day.

    August 11, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. Sterling F.

    I would oppose the bulding of it... not only would it be disrepectful to the Americans who lost family members in 9/11 but also to Americans in general... To build this Mosque or "center" so close to the area where America felt so much despair...would be wrong and unfeeling.
    Furthermore, I feel as if it wouldnt be very safe. Even though Muslims as a people did not attack the world trade canter and towers... the people who did it where Muslim and looked like them were... so it would be crazy to think that after this was built...that New Yorkers, or americans period would be happy with it and leave it alone.. this could cause alot of destruction... riots, bombings of the building....anything! This should not be allowed to happen...

    Build it somewhere else.

    August 11, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. Seth

    Well, guess what? Poll-schmoll. ...We as Americans need to realize that we don't get to vote on everything. It's private property. The owners can do whatever they want within the law. And last I checked, it wasn't illegal to build a mosque, or be muslim, for that matter. Deal with it, people.

    August 11, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. Joe Blow

    Wouldn't it be interesting to put things like "freedom of religion" to a vote in the new America? I suppose with this logic...building a Christian church near the Oklahoma City federal buildinh should not be allowed since the bomber was a Christian???When did Americans become so fearful of freedom?

    August 11, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. Molly Weasley

    Just because uninformed people in a survey are listening to bigoted comments by the right wing doesn't mean this center shouldn't be built.

    Do people know anything about the imam of this mosque? He runs an interfaith center and has denounced Islamic terrorism time and time again. He's in favor of equal treatment between genders. In short, he's Al Queda's worst nightmare - a moderate Muslim. This is exactly the kind of interfaith exchange this country needs, not the idiotic remarks about "refudiating" the decision.

    We have freedom of religion in this country, and we need to keep it that way.

    August 11, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. Bob(Illinois)

    I would love to know WHY those polled oppose the building of the mosque/community center.

    My opinion? Absolute ignorance on the part of those polled!

    August 11, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. Rush Goebbels

    I dont fear muslims,none will ever defeat the Truth.We werent given the spirit of fear,but were given the spirit of love and truth.

    August 11, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. Pragmatic

    Islam may have "the right" to build there – but that doesn't make it right: This smacks of the same "in your face" attitude displayed by those Imans several years ago ... loud prayers, switching seats, seat belt extensions they didn't need ... just playing with the American system of laws. Like the Muslim father who murdered his daughter for becoming "too westernized" .... claiming "freedom of religion"!

    August 11, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. Maeve

    The reality of this issue is –1. it is not on ground zero. It is nearby. 2. We do have freedom of religion in this country. 3. Moslems were also at work in the Twin Towers on that fateful day. They shed their innocent blood and died just like the Jewish, Christian and people from other religions. The Twin Towers Moslem families are mourning too. Some people have suggested that they also build other churches representing other religious faiths as well as building a Mosque–they already are preparing to do that. The people of NYC are supporting the right to build this building. Unless you are totally out of touch with the real world, it is a "building". It will be under close scrutiny from the time the first brick is placed until the end of time. The hate and mean spirit that we are seeing from some people should not represent any religious faith. You can't condemn every member of the Moslem faith because of a small group of extremists. If you do, then remember that Hitler considered himself a Christian, after he killed millions of people do we condemn all Christians? Remember God is Love. What we are seeing right now from some people is HATE. Hate got us into this situation in the first place. Hate will destroy you whatever your religion is.

    August 11, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. tbirdg

    Muslims want to show respect and build bridges to peace then man up and build elsewhere! This is islams silent slap in our face and will certainly cause further divisiveness if these people pursue their goal of aggitating the majority just because they can. Very disheartening!

    August 11, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. Agressive Progressive

    Is it two blocks or three blocks? Does it really matter? Next time a christian group says they want to build a church near my house, can I object? Either the U.S. practices religious tolerance and religious freedom or it doesn't. Personally, I say do away with all them, religion has started more wars than anything else in history.

    August 11, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. Darth Vadik, CA

    What the HELL does a Mosque being built near where the world trade center was have to do with a bunch of Muslim extreme whack-jobs who flew the planes into the world trade center?

    Just because a right wing whack-job Christian Tim McVeigh blew up a government building we don't condemn Churches being built next to government buildings!!!!

    But then again it is OK to be bigoted towards Muslims, isn't it, you dumb morons? Do you even have a clue in what stupidity you let guide your life???

    You people are incredibly stupid, you really are.

    August 11, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. GOP = "I hope he fails"

    Wow this generation of Americans really needs a refresher course on the constitution.

    – legal for the federal government to require people to have insurance because it serves the public good.

    – Illegal for the majority to decide whether another group can get married

    – Illegal for the majority to disallow a minority religion from building a place of worship.

    August 11, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  23. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The fact that they wanted to build a mosque isn't bad in and of itself. I would have hoped that this group of Muslims would have understand why no one wants a mosque so close. Many people see the radical, hate filled, and death worshiping terrorists as representing the whole religion when they don't.

    August 11, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. Bill from GA

    Opposing the mosque is not the same as wanting the government to stop it. Do Americans want the Federal Government to stop it. That , it seems to me, would be a great expansion of the powers of that government. What grounds would the government use? Is there some law that allows some part of our structure of governments, any of them – local, state or fed – to stop the mosque? Does that even matter to those who oppose it?

    Let freedom reign, like it or not.

    August 11, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. Gary, Los Angeles

    Mosque at Ground Zero? Are you KIDDING me? This is an insult to the victims of 9-11 and America! Only in America could something like this happen.

    August 11, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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