A quarter of Americans (25%) say local communities should be able to prohibit the construction of mosques in their area if they do not want them. A 62%-majority says Muslims should have the same rights as other religious groups to build houses of worship in their local communities, while 13% say they don’t know. Most Democrats (74%) and independents (65%) say Muslims should have the right to build mosques, while Republicans are split on whether Muslims should have the same rights as other groups or whether local communities should be able to prohibit mosques (47% to 42%). Asked specifically about plans to build an Islamic mosque and cultural center near the World Trade Center site in New York in the same survey, more Americans agree with those who object to the building of the center than with the supporters of the project (51% to 34%). Read More
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