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!
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!