Fewer Americans have a positive view toward Islam today than in the wake of 9/11. According to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll of national views on the Cordoba House project in Lower Manhattan and the planet's second-largest religion, just 37% of Americans have a favorable opinion of the Islamic faith. That's "the fewest in ABC/Post polls dating to October 2001 (albeit by just 2 points)," according to the release.
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In an ABC/Post poll released Oct. 9, 2001 -- less than a month after the attacks on New York and Washington -- 47% of Americans said they had favorable attitude toward Islam. Today, as we near the ninth anniversary of those attacks, that number is lower by ten points. In those years, the percentage of Americans viewing Islam positively dropped in ABC/Post polling, hovering at around 40% before dropping to it's lowest point in today's poll, which comes after a summer of open vitriol toward Islam by many prominent conservative leaders. The last time this few Americans told pollsters that they had a favorable view toward Islam came when American forces were still hunting down Saddam Hussein in Iraq -- back in September, 2003.