Who Hates the "Ground Zero Mosque" the Most?

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Aug. 16 2010 9:40 AM

Who Hates the "Ground Zero Mosque" the Most?

After a Marist poll came out last week saying that a majority of New Yorkers were opposed to building an Islamic community center near Ground Zero, the New York Times noted that one subgroup did not share in the disapprova l: people who live in Manhattan—the borough where the community center would be built—favored the project, 55 percent to 32 percent (13 percent were undecided).

How do other segments of the city's population feel about the project? Here are the Marist poll results , rearranged from most supportive of the community center to least (or, within the conceptually untidy binary framework of the poll question, from most strongly choosing "Helps people better understand the teachings of Islam and the Muslim religion" to most strongly choosing "Offends the memory of the 9-11 victims and their families"). Margin of error is +/- 4 points:

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Go Ahead, Build It Already

+23 NYC Borough - Manhattan (55 percent for - 32 percent against)

We Guess It's Probably OK

+4 Political Ideology - Liberal (44 - 40)
+3 Age - Under 45 (44 - 41)
+1 Gender - Men   (43 - 42)

We'd Guess We'd Rather You Didn't Build It

-2 Education - College graduate (42 - 44)
-7 Race - African American   (39 - 46)
-7 Religion - Protestant (38 - 45)
-8 Household Income - $50,000 or More (39 - 47)

Please Consider Not Building It

-10 Party Registration - Democrat (37 - 47)
-10 Party Registration - Non-enrolled (37 - 47)
-13 Race - Latino (32 - 45)

-16 Registered Voters (34 - 50)

Don't Build It

-23 White Catholic status - Not White Catholic (29 - 52)
-23 NYC Borough - Queens and Staten Island (33 - 56)
-24 Political Ideology - Moderate (33 - 57)
-24 Household Income - Less than $50,000 (30 - 54)
-28 NYC Borough - Brooklyn (28 - 56)

Don't Even Think About Building It

-30 NYC Borough - Bronx (19 - 49)
-31 Gender - Women (26 - 57)
-31 Age - 45 or older (27 - 58)
-31 Education - Not college graduate (26 - 57)
-33 Political Ideology - Conservative (24 - 57)
-35 Religion - Catholic (24 - 59)
-38 Race - White (25 - 63)

How Dare You Even Suggest Building It?

-48 Religion - Jewish (19 - 67)
-48 Party Registration - Republican (20 - 68)

Nobody Hates This Project More Than We Do

-58 White Catholic status - White Catholics (19 - 77)

Tom Scocca is the managing editor of Deadspin and the author of Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future.

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