Majority Opposes Ground Zero Mosque

A new poll from Marist shows that a majority of registered voters in New York City oppose the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero in Manhattan. Fifty three percent of those surveyed, including 50% of Democrats, 74% of Republicans, and 52% of "non-enrolled" voters, don't want to see the mosque built, while 34% fav0r the project and 13% are "unsure."

A nearly identical 50% saying that building such a structure "offends the memory of thge 9/11 victims and their families."  Thirty-four percent say the project will "help people better understand the teachings of Islam and the Muslim religion."

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who made news last week by blasting opponents of the mosque and saying they "ought to be ashamed of themselves," sees his job approval rating under 50% in the Marist poll for the first time in five years.  Forty-nine percent of registered New York City voters give Bloomberg a rating of either "excellent" or "good," while 33% rate the Mayor as doing a "fair" job and 16% say he is doing a "poor" job.

Asked further about Bloomberg's legacy, 12% of voters think he'll be remembered as "one of the best Mayors" of New York City, while 5% think he'll go down as "one of the worst." Thirty-three percent think he'll be remembered as "above average," 11% say "below average," and a 38% plurality believe his legacy will be simply "about average."

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