Published August 13, 2010
While a majority of American voters think the Muslim group that wants to put a mosque near ground zero has the right to build it there, most think it would be wrong to do so.
A Fox News poll released Friday found that 61 percent of voters think the Muslim group has the right to build a mosque in lower Manhattan.
However, 64 percent think it would be wrong to put a mosque there.
Thirty percent says it is appropriate to build a mosque and Islamic cultural center a few blocks from the site of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City.
Just over a third (34 percent) says the group doesn't have that right to build a mosque there.
Among those who think it is wrong for the group to build an Islamic center near ground zero, views split sharply over whether they have a right to build it there: 47 percent say yes they do, while 48 percent say they do not.
The Fox News Poll involved telephone interviews with 900 randomly chosen registered voters and was conducted by Opinion Dynamics Corp. from August 10 - August 11. For the total sample, it has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Seventy percent of voters who attend religious services regularly think it is wrong to put a mosque near ground zero, compared to 64 percent of those who rarely attend.
Majorities of highly religious voters (60 percent) as well as those who rarely attend services (59 percent) think the Muslim group has the right to build the center.
Men (33 percent) are more likely than women (28 percent) to think it is appropriate, and men (68 percent) are significantly more likely than women (55 percent) to think the group has the right to build the mosque.