Ground Zero Mosque: Taking pulse of public opinion DO MOSQUES LOOK LIKE NEAR YOU? Muslim centers come in many shapes and sizes. Here’s a mosque in northern Wisconsin that resembles local churches in that area.What does the American public say about the proposed Muslim community center in New York City?

If the court of public opinion ruled, the new facility would not be built. Just over half (51%) of Americans oppose the so-called Ground Zero Mosque, according to a new survey by Pew. Only a third (34%) say it should be built. 

But there is considerable variation in levels of support and opposition. Older Americans are more likely than younger Americans to object to the new mosque. Those with more formal education are less likely to oppose it than those with less education. Republicans overwhelmingly oppose the project, with three of four saying so. Just over a third of Democrats (39%) say no to the Ground Zero Mosque.

Despite opposition to this mosque, many Americans (62%) affirm the rights of Muslims to build houses of worship in local communities, according to the Pew report.  Only 25% say local communities should be able to prohibit the construction of mosques if they disapprove of them. There is more consensus on these issues than there is with the New York City mosque. Looking at differences in age, education, and political party, only two groups have less than a majority who affirm these rights:  the oldest Americans and Republicans.  Just less than half  (48%) of Americans 65+ say that Muslims should have the same rights as other religious groups to build houses of worship. And just less than half (47%) of Republicans say that same.

Do you have a mosque in your local community? 

If so, how do you feel about it? 

If there plans to build one near your home, what would you say?  Would you oppose or support it?

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