By JPOST.COM STAFF, ASSOCIATED PRESS
According to a new Time magazine poll published Thursday, 61 percent of Americans are opposed to the construction of an Islamic community center and mosque near Ground Zero in lower Manhattan. Only 26% of respondents came out in support of the building project, with more than 70% agreeing that proceeding with the plan would be an insult to the memories of 9/11 victims and their families.Interestingly, 24% of those polled also believed that US President Barack Obama is a Muslim, while only 47% acknowledge that he is a Christian.RELATED:Editorial: Common sense at Ground ZeroHamas: 'Ground Zero mosque must be built'Obama came out in support of the developer's constitutional right to build a mosque on the site.It appears that the local residents of the proposed mosque near Ground Zero aren't happy with the decision to build there as well.A Sienna College poll cited by the Associated Press on Thursday found that 63% of registered New York voters were opposed to the Cordoba House project, with only 27% supporting it.Sixty-four percent of New York registered voters agreed that the site developers have a constitutional right to build a mosque on the site, with half of those, nevertheless, still opposed to the building project.Twenty-eight percent of those surveyed rejected altogether the notion that the developers have a constitutionally protected right to build an Islamic community center near on the proposed site.The poll's results are consistent with a CNN/Opinion Research poll last week that found that 70% Americans were opposed to the planned project, while 29% support it.
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