[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/09/13/art.michaelmoore.file4.gi.jpg caption =" Michael Moore said Monday that Americans should ‘separate the emotion’ from their thoughts on a planned Islamic community center and mosque near Ground Zero."](CNN) - Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore said Monday that Americans ought to form objective opinions about the planned Islamic community center and mosque near Ground Zero because they risk coming out on the wrong side of history if they don't.
"We have to separate the emotion from it because sometimes if we just let emotion take over and run things, the wrong decisions get made," Moore told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room.
"We always seem to get it wrong at first, whether that was with slavery, killing Indians, women not voting," Moore added. "We're not very good at the beginning of these things, we're really great though as we move along. "
The full interview will air Monday in the 6 p.m. ET hour of The Situation Room.
A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday indicates nearly two-thirds of Americans-63 percent-do not believe it is "appropriate" to build the proposed Islamic center, known as Park51, several blocks from Ground Zero in Manhattan. Just 28 percent of Americans believe it is right to build the center there.
Moore attributed the poll results to a fearful American public.
"We live in a nation where sadly, people listen to things [and] they get afraid very easily," Moore said.
The filmmaker penned an open letter on his website Saturday insisting that he doesn't want the community center and mosque to be built near Ground Zero, but rather on Ground Zero.