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CNN Poll: Most Americans ‘OK’ with a mosque in their community

24 March 2011 General 3 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

Editor’s Note: CNN’s Soledad O’Brien chronicles the dramatic fight over the construction of a mosque in the heart of the Bible belt. Soledad O’Brien Reports “Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door”, Sunday at 8 p.m. E.T. on CNN.

By Debra Goldschmidt, CNN

Would you be “OK” with a mosque in your community?

According to a new national poll, most Americans say yes, they would.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday found that 69%of Americans would be “OK” with a mosque in their area while 28% would not.

But there are big differences depending on where you live. Half of rural Southerners say they disapprove of a mosque in their neighborhood, while 42 % say they would be “OK” with it.

That rises to roughly three-quarters among those who live in cities and suburbs.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, anti-mosque activity across the country, ranging from vandalism to lawsuits, has occurred in 21 states over the past five years.

Positive views of Muslim Americans are on the rise since 2002, according to the new poll, which found 46% of all Americans have a favorable view of American Muslims today, and 26% say they have an unfavorable view.

“Overall, positive views of American Muslims have risen since 2002, when memories of 9/11 were still fresh in most Americans’ minds,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “In 2002, as the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approached, only 39 percent of all Americans said they had a favorable view of Muslims.”

Americans in the South and rural communities are far less likely to have a favorable view of American Muslims, with just 32% saying they hold such views.

Thirty seven percent of rural Southerners say they don’t know enough to have an opinion.

When it comes to attitudes towards the Muslim faith itself, however, American opinions haven’t changed much.

“In 2002, 28 percent of all Americans had a favorable view of Islam and 33 percent feel that way today,” Holland says.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey was conducted March 11-13, with 1,023 people questioned by telephone. The survey’s overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

Original post: CNN Poll: Most Americans ‘OK’ with a mosque in their community


  1. Bring it on!
    I grew up with a Catholic church near us. That got one of my brothers sexually abused.
    I have tried to research the Muslim faith to better understand. They are not so different than any other church I’ve been in. They teach love of fellow man, respect for self and others, devotion to their God, and above all….PEACE. They do not preach violence.
    I would welcome them on my street, if that were a possibility.

  2. The muslim mosque and the muslims in their entirety doesn’t harm nobody, all we do therein is, pray, read the qur’an and preaches LOVE and UNITY and most of all that we preach is PEACE! PEACE!! Nothing else

  3. True Islam is not see on TV as much as it should be. Allah is the same Allah in the bible and in the torah, as a catholic entering Islam was not a difficult one. Love you fellow man, respect women as you would your mother, respect other religions since they themselves are from Allah and protect the innocent and meek. I know sounds like a superhero

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