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Poll: Americans Who Take Sides Disapprove of Obama's Stance on NYC Mosque

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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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