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A plurality of Americans -- 41 percent -- have no opinion of President Obama's recent comments on building a mosque and Islamic community center near Manhattan's Ground Zero, but among those who do, opponents outnumber supporters of the project, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

The Gallup survey found two in three respondents said they are paying a great deal (34%) or fair amount (32%) of attention to the ongoing controversy.

On Friday the president appeared to support the Islamic center project, but later he said his statement was meant to stress the right of worship for Muslims and not to take sides in the dispute.

Fully 32 percent of Americans said they "disapprove, strongly" with Obama's comments, with five percent saying they "disapprove, not strongly." Sixteen percent strongly approve, but 41 percent said they "don't know enough" to weigh in at all.

Opinions on the matter break down along party lines, according to Gallup:
Republicans (44%) are more likely than Democrats (31%) or independents (29%) to be paying a great deal of attention to the story about the mosque. Republicans overwhelmingly disapprove of Obama's remarks on the issue, including 63% who do so strongly. Democrats generally approve of Obama's remarks, while independents tilt toward disapproval, but close to half of each group does not have an opinion (compared with 26% of Republicans).
Read the complete Gallup results here.

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R & P KASSAI

My question to Mr. Obama is why is he medling in municipal affairs. Doen't he have greater worries like the national economy, unemployment, healthcare. This was not a wise move to add to his other un-wise statements and moves. He seems to advocate building on YOUR property in New York but was very adamant on pressuring Natanyahu about Jews building residential building on East Jerusalem property purchased the same way.

August 19 2010 at 1:04 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
gwenarea51@gmail.com

we need to have RESPECT for the families of the victims in 9/11. It should be up to the families,notup to the so-call president, its rude to have such a thing build, and its not a anti-religion, I just think that nothing should be there but whats there now, a simple plaque. (at least thats what was there a few years ago when I lived there)It was a sad day in history, I will never forget!

August 19 2010 at 12:35 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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rachael

You do realize there were Muslim victims (working inside the WTC) as well, right? I'm blown away by the ignorance of this comment. For one, the -community center- is being built two blocks away. I guess I'd just like a logical explanation for why it would be rude to build a Muslim Community Center (Note: Not synonymous to a monument to the TERRORISTS from the Middle East). Over 60% of the world's Muslim's live in Asia, and only 20% are from the Middle East and North Africa combined. The problem is the media's emphasis of the word "Muslim" and not so much on the word "terrorist." Unfortunate, really.

August 19 2010 at 2:49 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
vicbar88

For an administration to consistantly choose foreign interests over the will of the people in the name of "political correctness" definitely has to make you wonder where their loyalties really lie. Combine it with the lame attempt to "whitewash" the great stimulus to make it appear that it would actually help the people who are still losing their jobs and homes and dreams while the very crooks who created this mess are bailed out for being failures makes this administration appear more corrupt than the last. As evidenced - Promises, dreams, hopes, wishes and fantasies of the "perfect world" don't successfully run a government. Actually it is quite the opposite.

August 19 2010 at 10:53 AM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
sfamilyent

Throughout our history Americans have shown intolerance and insensitivity to various people based on their color, origin, religion and sex - and have acted in a manner to deny people that are different than them the ability to exercise their rights. The only reason why the location of this facility is receiving national attention is because we still have a large number of people that believe they are more equal than people who are not exactly like them. While we need to remain constantly on guard against attacks, both domestic and foreign, we need to first and foremost ensure that all Americans receive equal treatment with respect to exercising their rights and freedoms. I think Obama was not forceful enough in denouncing the opposition to the lawful exercise of rights as being discriminatory and oppressive. It is a shame that once again we have a significant number of Americans demonstrating to the world that we are unable to live up to the lofty ideals of equality and freedom that our country was founded on.

August 19 2010 at 9:05 AM Report abuse -11 rate up rate down Reply
Richard

Here's my side: if the mosque can't be built here, then there can NEVER be any house of worship of ANY faith built within a mile of the former WTC buildings. What's good for one has to be good for all. Come to think of it, now that there is a big stink about the mosque in Temecula (sp) California, how about if we disallow all relgions we don't agree with. I don't agree with some of those protest-ant types of religions, so I think I'll ask my local city council to ban them in my home town too. How's about that, eh boys?

August 19 2010 at 8:21 AM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply
nanan1937

Truly do not understand what the flap is about. Yes it is in poor taste to build a Mosque so close to Ground Zero but the President put his hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. The constitution which allows the freedon of Religion not to restrict it just to bow to popular pressure. Do wish the previous president took the oath of office as seriously. We would have gone into taliban land and wiped them out rather than start a war with a tin horn dictator in Iraq.

August 19 2010 at 8:19 AM Report abuse -10 rate up rate down Reply
kloel

Where was all of this "support" and outrage when the Dubai ports issue came up? As I recall, there was plenty of "lip music" from BOTH sides on that issue! Hypocrites! No one called us intolerant then!

August 19 2010 at 8:00 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
tiensthirdeye

Why are Americans required to show every bit of tolerance to everyone else, But everyone else can do as they please and we have to just like it? America need to grow a set. When the French can stand up to Muslims and we can't, we got problems

August 19 2010 at 7:19 AM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
extpd311

Its not emotions involved here....at least not with me. The Imam who wants to build this mosque has said publicly that he wants to bring us more in compliance with Islam law. If the mosque is built, who would it serve? Its located in a strictly commercial district, so there are no Muslims living in the area that would be served by it. It is nothing more than attempt to raise a monument to 9/11, and I oppose that!! The Twin Towers will go down in history as one of our greatest achievements, and one of our greatest losses! Let them respect that!

August 19 2010 at 12:20 AM Report abuse +20 rate up rate down Reply
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HAHAHAHA

Except you still failed to state on how they don't have the right to build there. Also, suppose we checked out this commercial district. Will we find any other churches of different religions? I sure hope not, because they wouldn't have followers living in that area, so what right would they have to put it there?

August 19 2010 at 12:29 AM Report abuse -15 rate up rate down Reply
tanirocker

Read the First Amendment. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." I don't think it's a great idea to build the Islamic center (it is NOT a MOSQUE!) there, but they certainly have the right to do it.

August 19 2010 at 1:27 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
c8smum

the ones being the loudest against this are the same ones who decry the federal government having too much control over things. YOU CANNOT HAVE IT BOTH WAYS! this is not a matter that the president can do anything about. the mayor of NYC cannot do anything about it. it is private property being sold. WTF do you expect the president to do? legally. oh, that's right, legality only matters when you get the objective you want...

August 18 2010 at 11:59 PM Report abuse -13 rate up rate down Reply

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