Plans for an Islamic cultural center and mosque near New York City's most hallowed ground have divided families of the nearly 3, people who perished on Sept. For some survivors, erecting a mosque and story glass-and-steel complex at the old Burlington Coat Factory at 45 Park Place in lower Manhattan is offensive. For others, the cultural center represents a step towards improved relations with the Muslim world. But don't build it so close to ground considered sacred by many New Yorkers, he said. And these people want to build a big story mosque with a swimming pool.
Republicans for Strip Club Near Ground Zero, but No Mosque
'Ground Zero Mosque': Taking pulse of public opinion
The controversy has led to increasing talk of moving the site of the proposed center. August 22, The weather fit the mood — gray skies and rain — and there were a few scuffles and shouted exchanges. But police officers and barricades kept several hundred demonstrators on each side separated.
What do mosques look like near you? Muslim centers come in many shapes and sizes. If the court of public opinion ruled, the new facility would not 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.
A new survey from the Democratic-affiliated firm Public Policy Polling finds that more Republicans support constructing a strip club than a mosque near Ground Zero. Forty-nine percent of Democrats said they supported the mosque and 33 for the strip club. Among Independents, it was 34 percent for the mosque and 28 percent for the strip club.