Poll: Less Than A Quarter Of Americans Have ‘Favorable’ View Of Islam

August 26, 2010 6:47 a.m.

Proponents of the Cordoba House project planned for Lower Manhattan have said that one of the project’s goals is to build a mutual understanding between American Islam and the non-Muslim American majority. A new national poll shows there’s a long way to go before that vision is a reality.

The survey of 1,082 adults conducted this week by CBS found just 24% of respondents had a “favorable” view of Islam. Nearly 40% said they had an “unfavorable” view of the second-largest religion on the planet, while 37% said they don’t have an opinion on the faith.

Not surprisingly, those numbers translated into very little support for the Cordoba House project. Just 22% of all respondents said it was “appropriate” for the Muslim cultural center to be built near Ground Zero, while 71% said it was “inappropriate.”

Among the plurality who hold an unfavorable opinion of Islam, support for the project was almost nonexistent. Nine percent said it was appropriate for Cordoba House to be built, while 88% said it was inappropriate. Those holding a favorable view of Islam split on Cordoba — 50% said building it was appropriate, while 42% said it was inappropriate.The TPM Poll Average of national polling on Cordoba House shows 63.7% of Americans oppose the project, while just over a quarter — 26.4% — support it.

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