The debate over the NY Muslim Center continues: A new survey has found that the vast majority of New Yorkers want a new site for the Mosque. Polling by Quinnipiac University indicated that the $100 million 13-story center has divided the city and even the nation in two. Get the details, plus pictures and video below!

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Publishing the results yesterday, Quinnipiac found that 71% of the roughly 1,500 surveyed city residents felt that the center’s planners should voluntarily move the project away from Ground Zero. 54% of responders, however, agreed that the builders had a constitutional right to build wherever they like.

Publishing the survey showing most New Yorkers want a new site for the Mosque, polling officials say that the results are indicative of an extremely conflicted voting base.

“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,” said Quinnipiac poll Director Maurice “Mickey” Carroll. “Overwhelmingly, across all party and regional lines, New Yorkers say the sponsors ought to voluntarily move the proposed mosque to another location.”

While Republicans have been extremely vocal in their opposition of the project, President Obama and city Mayor Michael Bloomberg are continuing to support the building project. The new results, however, may prove to soften at least the mayor’s stance, as the issue may become a focal point of the 2013 elections.

Pressure is also coming from the public for Bloomberg to investigate the financial resources of the project’s founders. 71 percent of respondents also agreed that the attorney general should look into the finances of the project. But Bloomberg says this would set a terrible precedent for the city, especially at a time where focus on religious freedom is at the national forefront.

“You don’t want them investigating donations to religious organizations, and there’s no reason for the government to do so,” Bloomberg said. “The issue here, to me, is very simple: The government shouldn’t be in the business of telling people who they pray to, where they pray, when they pray, what they say.”

Where do you stand on the issue? With evidence that 71% of New Yorkers want a new site for the Mosque, would polling of the nation yield the same results? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section! And don’t miss the video on the story below!







9 Responses to “New Yorkers Want New Site for Mosque, Poll Finds”

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    TA Says:

    When I was a kid, in New York, in the 1970’s, at least 70% of my white neighbors would not have wanted black neighbors. They said it would be easier for black families to “voluntarily” stay in their own neighborhoods. My neighbors in the suburbs were wrong then and my neighbors in Manhattan are wrong now.


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    Rhayader Says:

    54% of responders, however, agreed that the builders had a constitutional right to build wherever they like.

    Alternate headline: “46% of New Yorkers Mentally Handicapped!”

    71 percent of respondents also agreed that the attorney general should look into the finances of the project.

    Oops, strike that — it’s actually 71%.

    Personally I don’t see why an opinion poll is the least bit relevant here, as this is private property. I wonder how the strip club in the area would have polled. I mean, there’s nothing inherently wrong with asking people to voluntarily make another choice, but the obsession with this thing is pretty absurd.


  3. 3
    Beth Shaw Says:

    TA – that’s hardly the same thing.


  4. 4
    TA Says:

    Beth, it’s EXACTLY the same thing. I was mugged by a black man. Does that give me the right to not want ANY black man living next door? The religion of Islam did not attack my city. Crazy zealots attacked my city using a bastardized version of their religion as justification. Kind of like the Klan calling themselves Christians.


  5. 5
    Rhayader Says:

    TA – that’s hardly the same thing.

    Yeah seriously. That was racial intolerance, this is religious intolerance. Get your facts straight.


  6. 6
    TA Says:

    Well put Rhay – kudos.


  7. 7
    Micky Says:

    And the Muslims are simply being punk motherfckrs by using American rights to stick their fingers in our eyes. Rights that their religion would never afford anyone else.


  8. 8
    Coach Says:

    Micky,
    Do you consider military bases as ‘Victory’ symbols? We have over 740 Victory military bases throughout the world. Yet, you’ve been convinced by corporate media, intent on regaining their power, that a community center with a prayer room is a ‘victory’ symbol.

    This is propaganda 101. Kind of like anti-flag burning legislation and other things Republicans use to rile their base. The worst of which is the Southern Strategy that they never gave up on…and this is an extension of that.


  9. 9
    Micky Says:

    Coach;
    “Micky,
    Do you consider military bases as ‘Victory’ symbols?”

    No.

    ” We have over 740 Victory military bases throughout the world.”

    Yet thats what you call them.

    ” Yet, you’ve been convinced by corporate media, intent on regaining their power, that a community center with a prayer room is a ‘victory’ symbol.”

    Thanks, I needed you to tell me what I was really thinking. How refreshing.

    I fail to see the connection between required and requested military precense and the religious intolerance of
    Islamics who prey on our tolerance as a means to fck with American sensitivities.
    The better question that applies to your mode of thought is “do we have almost 800 Christian churchs across the middle east as some sort of victorious statement.”?
    NO.
    But we do have thousands of Mosques in America that function quite peacefully void of discrimination.
    More Churchs in America are defaced, burned, and vandalized in one month than are Mosques in America.
    Lots of people do things that are their right and pi$$ people off everyday.
    Rarely does someone do something within their right that pi$$es off 70% of the country and then go forward with it anyway.
    Unless you’re Obama.
    Sticking your finger in someones eye is not about victory. Its about antagonization/intimidation.