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Pew Research Center. July 8-14, 2014. N=1,805 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.7.

             

"Which statement is closer to your views, even if neither is exactly right? The Islamic religion is more likely than others to encourage violence among its believers. OR, The Islamic religion does not encourage violence more than others."

 
    More likely
to encourage
violence
Does not
encourage
violence more
than others
Both/Neither
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

7/8-14/14

43

44

13

 

 

 

2/12-26/14

38

50

12

 

 

 

5/1-5/13

42

46

13

 

 

 

2/22 - 3/1/11

40

42

18

 

 

 

8/19-22/10

35

42

24

 

 

 

8/11-17/09

38

45

16

 

 

 

8/07

45

39

16

 

 

 

7/05

36

47

17

 

 

 

7/04

46

37

17

 

 

 

7/03

44

41

15

 

 

 

3/02

25

51

24

 

 


 

CBS News Poll. March 20-23, 2014. N=1,097 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Is your opinion of Pope Francis favorable, not favorable, undecided, or haven't you heard enough about Pope Francis yet to have an opinion?"

 
    Favorable Not
favorable
Undecided Haven't
heard enough
Refused
    % % % % %
 

3/20-23/14

46

3

13

37

2


 

Pew Research Center. Feb. 14-23, 2014. N=1,821 adults nationwide (margin of error 2.6), including 351 Catholics (margin of error 6).

             

"Is your overall opinion of Pope Francis very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly UNfavorable, or very unfavorable?"

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Can't rate
(vol.)/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

ALL

66

11

23

 

 

 

Catholics

85

4

11

 

 

             

"Do you think the Catholic Church should or should not [see below]?" Among Catholics

 
     -- Catholics --    
 
    Should Should not Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 
 

"Allow priests to get married"

 

2/14-23/14

72

26

3

 

 

 

3/13-17/13

64

30

6

 

 

             
 

"Allow women to become priests"

 

2/14-23/14

68

28

4

 

 

 

3/13-17/13

59

35

6

 

 

             
 

"Allow Catholics to use birth control"

 

2/14-23/14

77

17

6

 

 

 

3/13-17/13

76

18

7

 

 

             
 

"Recognize the marriages of gay and lesbian couples"

 

2/14-23/14

50

43

7

 

 


 

Gallup Poll. Feb. 6-9, 2014. N=1,023 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Next, we'd like to get your overall opinion of some people in the news. As I read each name, please say if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of these people -- or if you have never heard of them. How about Pope Francis?"

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Never
heard of
No opinion  
    % % % %  
 

2/6-9/14

76

9

10

6

 
 

4/11-14/13

58

10

13

18

 

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Dec. 4-8, 2013. N=1,006 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Overall, do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Pope Francis?"

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

69

14

16

 

 

 

Catholics

92

4

3

 

 

             

"Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the direction in which Pope Francis is leading the Catholic Church?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

64

14

22

 

 

 

Catholics

85

7

9

 

 


 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. April 24-28, 2013. N=965 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"What is your impression of the religion called Islam? Is it very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, very unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about that to say?"

 
    Very
favorable
Somewhat
favorable
Somewhat
unfavorable
Very
unfavorable
Haven't
heard
enough/
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/24-28/13

7

14

18

20

41

 

9/27-30/12

9

16

17

21

37

 

11/6-10/11

7

18

15

17

43

 

3/18-21/11

10

20

19

16

35

 

8/20-24/10

6

18

19

20

37

 

2/8-11/07

1

14

21

25

39

 

4/6-9/06

2

17

20

25

36

 

2/22-26/06

7

16

17

19

41

 

2/24-26/02

7

23

17

16

37

             

"Generally speaking, do you think the Islamic religion encourages violence more than other religions around the world, about the same amount, or less than other religions around the world?"

 
    More About
the same
Less Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/24-28/13

43

32

7

18

 

 

11/6-10/11

36

42

6

16

 

 

10/12-16/07

45

36

6

13

 

 

4/6-9/06

46

30

7

17

 

 

2/22-26/06

39

35

8

18

 


 

CNN/ORC Poll. March 15-17, 2013. N=190 Catholic adults nationwide. Margin of error 7.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the selection of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, now known as Pope Francis, as the next pope?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/15-17/13

88

4

8

   
             

"On difficult moral questions, which are you more likely to follow: the teachings of the Pope, or your conscience?"

 
    Teachings
of the Pope
Conscience Both (vol.)s    
    % % %    
 

3/15-17/13

23

72

5

   
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the decision by the former pope, Benedict the Sixteenth, to resign from the papacy?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/15-17/13

86

11

2

   

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Feb. 23-27, 2013. N=580 Catholic adults nationwide.

             

"Would you like to see the next Pope generally continue the same teachings as Pope Benedict, or change to more conservative teachings, or change to more liberal teachings?"

 
   

 

Continue
same
teachings
Change
to more
conservative
Change
to more
liberal
Unsure/
No answer
   

 

% % % %
 

ALL Catholics

 

19

18

54

9

 

Attend mass at least weekly

31

22

40

7

 

Attend mass less than weekly

9

14

67

10

             

"Any new Pope will be facing a number of issues in his first years. I'm going to read some of them, and for each one would you tell me whether you think the new Pope should be for it, or against it. Should the next Pope be for or against [see below]?"

 
      For Against Doesn't
matter (vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
   

 

% % % %
 
 

"Letting priests get married"

 

ALL Catholics

 

69

26

2

3

 

Attend mass at least weekly

61

34

1

4

 

Attend mass less than weekly

75

19

3

3

 
 

"Letting women become priests"

 

ALL Catholics

 

69

28

1

2

 

Attend mass at least weekly

57

40

1

2

 

Attend mass less than weekly

79

18

0

3

 
 

"Legalized abortion"

 

ALL Catholics

 

36

56

1

7

 

Attend mass at least weekly

24

70

0

6

 

Attend mass less than weekly

45

45

2

8

 
 

"The death penalty"

 

ALL Catholics

 

36

56

2

6

 

Attend mass at least weekly

25

67

1

6

 

Attend mass less than weekly

44

48

2

7

 
 

"The use of artificial methods of birth control"

 

ALL Catholics

 

71

25

1

3

 

Attend mass at least weekly

62

34

1

4

 

Attend mass less than weekly

78

18

1

3

 
 

"The use of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV and other diseases"

 

ALL Catholics

 

91

7

0

2

 

Attend mass at least weekly

82

14

0

4

 

Attend mass less than weekly

98

2

0

0

             

"Would you say you attend mass more than once a week, once a week, once or twice a month, a few times a year, or never?"

 
    More than
once a week
Once
a week
Once
or twice
a month
A few times
a year
Never
    % % % % %
 

ALL Catholics

8 37

24

24

6


 

Public Religion Research Institute. Jan. 16-20, 2013. N=1,033 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Now, please tell me if you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly DISagree or completely disagree with the following statements. . . ."

 
    Completely
agree
Mostly
agree
Mostly
disagree
Completely
disagree
Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"God rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success"

 

1/16-20/13

24

29

17

25

5

 
 

"God plays a role in determining which team wins a sporting event"

 

1/16-20/13

12

15

21

49

3

 
 

"Public high schools should be allowed to sponsor prayer before football games"

 

1/16-20/13

49

27

10

11

3

             

"Some athletes express their faith publicly by thanking God during or after a sporting event. Do you generally approve when athletes do this, do you disapprove or does it not matter to you?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Does not
matter
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/16-20/13

50

4

45

1

 


 

Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation Poll. July 25-Aug. 5, 2012. N=3,130 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.

             

"Which of the following two statements comes closer to your view? Organized religious groups of all kinds should stay out of politics. OR, It is important for organized religious groups to stand up for their beliefs in politics." Options rotated

 
    Stay out
of politics
Stand up
for beliefs
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

55

42

2

1

 

 

Democrats

62

35

2

1

 

 

Independents

59

38

2

1

 

 

Republicans

38

60

1

1

 

             

"Which comes closer to your view? The government should take special steps to protect America's religious heritage. OR, There should be a high degree of separation between church and state." Options rotated

 
    Protect
religious
heritage
High degree
of separation
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

7/25 - 8/5/12

40

55

2

2

 

             

"Would you rather see religious and spiritual values have more influence in politics and public life than they do now, less influence, or about the same influence as they do now?"

 
    More
influence
Less
influence
About
the same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

7/25 - 8/5/12

30

36

32

2

 


 

Pew Research Center. June 28-July 9, 2012. N=2,973 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.1.

             

"Do you think that conservative Christians have gone too far in trying to impose their religious values on the country, or don't you think Conservative Christians have gone too far?"

 
    Too far Not too far Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/28 - 7/9/12

48

44

7

 

 

 

8/06

49

43

8

 

 

 

7/05

45

45

10

 

 

             

"Do you think that liberals have gone too far in trying to keep religion out of the schools and the government, or don't you think liberals have gone too far?"

 
    Too far Not too far Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/28 - 7/9/12

65

30

5

 

 

 

8/06

69

26

5

 

 

 

7/05

67

28

5

 

 

             

"How important is religion in your life: very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important?"

 
    Very
important
Somewhat
important
Not too
important
Not at all
important
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

6/28 - 7/9/12

58

22

10

9

1

 

7/21 - 8/5/10

58

24

9

8

1

 

8/09

57

25

8

8

1

 

8/08

58

27

7

7

1

 

8/07

61

24

8

6

1


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. July 5-8, 2012. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"How much does it matter to you that a candidate for president shares your religious beliefs? Does it matter a great deal, somewhat, not so much, or not at all?"

 
    A great deal Somewhat Not so much Not at all Unsure
    % % % % %
 

7/5-8/12

18

19

15

47

-

 

3/7-10/12

17

24

17

41

1

 

2/1-4/12

18

20

16

46

-

             

Among non-Mormons:
"Would you say you have a generally favorable or unfavorable opinion of the Mormon religion?"

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/5-8/12

38

31

31

 

 

 

12/6-9/07

42

40

19

 

 

             

Among non-Mormons:
"Thinking about people of different religious backgrounds, how many Mormons, if any, live in your community: a lot, some, just a few, or none?"

 
    A lot Some Just a few None Unsure
    % % % % %
 

7/5-8/12

9

13

29

24

25

             

Among non-Mormons:
"Imagine that a close relative of yours marries a person who is a Mormon. Is that something you'd be entirely comfortable with, somewhat comfortable, somewhat uncomfortable or entirely uncomfortable?"

 
    Entirely
comfortable
Somewhat
comfortable
Somewhat
uncomfortable
Entirely
uncomfortable
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

7/5-8/12

49

25

13

7

6


 

Bloomberg National Poll conducted by Selzer & Company. March 8-11, 2012. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"In your mind, do you think a president's religious beliefs should influence his federal policy decisions all of the time, most of the time, just some of the time, or never?"

 
    All of
the time
Most of
the time
Just some
of the time
Never Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/8-11/12

8

6

25

58

3


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. March 7-10, 2012. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Do you think a political leader should or should not rely on his or her religious beliefs in making policy decisions?"

 
    Should Should not Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/7-10/12

31

63

3

3

 

 

8/29 - 9/1/11

29

66

3

1

 

 

12/6-9/07

27

66

6

1

 

 

10/5-8/06

35

61

2

2

 

 

4/21-24/05

40

55

4

2

 

             

"In your view, has the country gone too far in keeping religion and government separate, gone too far in mixing religion and government, or has it struck a good balance in the area of the separation of church and state?"

 
    Gone too far
in keeping
separate
Gone too
far in mixing
Struck
a good
balance
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/7-10/12

36

25

34

4

 


 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications. Dec. 8-12, 2011. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"As a child, did you ever believe in Santa Claus, or not?"

 
    Yes No      
    % %      
 

12/8-12/11

84

16

 

 

 

             
 

If did believe in Santa Claus as a child:
"How old were you when you stopped believing in Santa Claus?"

 
    MEAN AGE        
             
 

12/8-12/11

8.8 years

 

 

 

 

             

"How important a role does Santa Claus play in your holiday celebrations: very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important?"

 
    Very
important
Somewhat
important
Not too
important
Not at all
important
 
    % % % %  
 

12/8-12/11

29 28 15

28

 

             

"Do you think the Santa Claus tradition does more to enhance the religious significance of the Christmas holiday, or detract from the religious significance of the Christmas holiday?" Options rotated

 
    Enhance Detract Neither/No
effect (vol.)
Unsure Refused
    % % % % %
 

12/8-12/11

37 48 13

1

1

             

"Do you believe in angels, or not?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/8-12/11

77

22

1

 

 


 

CNN/ORC Poll. Oct. 14-16, 2011. N=1,007 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Would you be more likely or less likely to vote for a candidate for president who is a Mormon, or wouldn't that matter to you one way or the other?"

 
    More
likely
Less
likely
Wouldn't
matter
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

10/14-16/11

3

17

80

-

 

 

10/12-14/07

3

19

77

1

 

             

"Based on what you have read or heard about Mormons, do you think their religion is a Christian religion, or do you think it is not a Christian religion?"

 
    A Christian
religion
Not a Christian
religion
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/14-16/11

51

36

13

 

 

 

10/12-14/07

50

41

9

 

 

 

5/5-7/06

34

35

31

 

 


 

Gallup Poll. May 5-8, 2011. N=1,018 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Do you believe in God?" N=530 (Form A), margin of error 5

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/5-8/11

92

7

1

 

 

 

8/24-29/67

98

1

-

 

 

             

"Do you believe in God or a universal spirit?" N=488 (Form B), margin of error 5

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/5-8/11

91

8

1

 

 

 

12/16-18/94

96

3

1

 

 

             

"Which of the following statements comes closest to describing your views about the Bible? The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. The Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally. OR, The Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history, and moral precepts recorded by man."

 
    Actual Inspired Fables Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/5-8/11

30

49

17

3

 

 

12/4-7/08

27

50

21

3

 

 

5/8-11/08

30

46

22

3

 

 

12/6-9/07

28

51

18

4

 

 

5/10-13/07

32

45

21

2

 

 

5/8-11/06

28

49

19

3

 

 

5/2-5/05

32

47

18

3

 

 

11/7-10/04

34

48

15

3

 

 

12/9-10/02

30

52

15

3

 

 

2/19-21/01

27

49

20

4

 

 

6/22-23/98

33

47

17

3

 

 

7/29 - 8/2/80

40

45

10

6

 

 

4/18 - 5/1/78

38

45

13

6

 

 

8/24-27/76

38

45

13

5

 


 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. March 11-13, 2011. N=1,023 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

               

"What is your impression of American Muslims? As of today, is it very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, very unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about them to say?"

 
    Very
favorable
Somewhat
favorable
Somewhat
unfavorable
Very
unfavorable
Haven't
heard enough
Unsure
    % % % % % %
 

3/11-13/11

13

33

17

9

24

3

               

"What is your impression of the Islamic faith? As of today, is it very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, very unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it to say?"

 
    Very
favorable
Somewhat
favorable
Somewhat
unfavorable
Very
unfavorable
Haven't
heard enough
Unsure
    % % % % % %
 

3/11-13/11

7

26

23

17

25

2

               

"If a group of Muslim Americans wanted to build a mosque in your local community, would that be okay with you or would that not be okay with you?"

 
    Okay Not okay Unsure      
    % % %      
 

3/11-13/11

69

28

3

 

 

 


 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. March 8, 2011. N=1,006 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4. Interviews conducted as part of Gallup Daily tracking.

             

"Now thinking specifically about Muslims, do you think each of the following applies or does not apply to Muslims living in the U.S.? How about, they are . . . ."

 
    Applies Does not
apply
Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Committed to their religious beliefs"

 

3/8/11

82

8

11

 

 

 
 

"Supportive of the United States"

 

3/8/11

53

32

15

 

 

 
 

"Too extreme in their religious beliefs"

 

3/8/11

36

50

15

 

 

 
 

"Sympathetic to the al-Qaeda terrorist organization"

 

3/8/11

28

54

18

 

 

             

"As you may know, Congress is scheduled to begin hearings this week to explore al-Qaeda's efforts to recruit terrorists in the U.S., as well as whether the Muslim-American community is doing enough to stop those efforts. Do you think it is appropriate or not appropriate to hold these hearings focused just on U.S. Muslims?"

 
    Appropriate Not
appropriate
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/8/11

52

38

10

 

 


 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). Feb. 7-9, 2011. N=911 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"In general, do you think Islam is a peaceful religion trying to get along with other religions or a violent religion trying to take over the world?"

 
    Peaceful Violent Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

2/7-9/11

43

38

8

11

 


 

Gallup Poll. Jan. 7-9, 2011. N=1,018 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Next, I'm going to read some aspects of life in America today. For each one, please say whether you are very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied. How about the influence of organized religion?"

 
    Very
satisfied
Somewhat
satisfied
Somewhat
dissatisfied
Very
dissatisfied
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/7-9/11

17

41

20

16

6

 

1/10-14/01

17

47

21

11

4

             

"Now here are some questions concerning where you stand on some of the issues we just talked about. Would you like to see organized religion have more influence in this nation, less influence, or keep its influence as it is now?"

 
    More Less Same as now Other (vol.) Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/7-9/11

29

29

39

-

2

 

1/10-14/01

30

22

45

1

2


 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Sept. 14-16, 2010. N=900 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"A group of Muslims plans to build a mosque and Islamic cultural center a few blocks from the site of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City. Do you think it is appropriate to build a mosque and Islamic center near Ground Zero, or do you think it would be wrong to do so?"

 
    Appropriate Wrong Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/14-16/10

32

61

7

 

 

 

8/10-11/10

30

64

6

 

 

             

"Regardless of whether you think it is appropriate to build a mosque near Ground Zero, do you think the Muslim group has the right to build a mosque there, or don't they have that right?"

 
    Has the right Don't have
that right
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/14-16/10

73

25

2

 

 

 

8/10-11/10

61

34

5

 

 

             

"In the war against terrorism, do you think most Muslims around the world are sympathetic to the United States or the terrorists?" Options rotated

 
    U.S. Terrorists Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/14-16/10

37

35

12

16

 

 

2/28 - 3/1/06

22

42

19

17

 

             

"Do you think the federal courts are correct in ruling that the Constitution allows government to stop prayer in schools and on public property, or do you think when the Constitution says no branch of the government shall interfere with the free exercise of religion that it gives Americans the right to pray anywhere they want?"

 
    Federal courts
are correct
Have the
right to pray
anywhere
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/14-16/10

12

84

5

 

 


 

Quinnipiac University Poll. Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 2010. N=1,905 registered voters nationwide. MoE 2.3.

             

"Would you say you have a generally favorable or unfavorable opinion of Islam, the Muslim religion?"

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/31 - 9/7/10

38

40

22

 

 

             

"Every religion has mainstream beliefs, and also fringe elements or extremists. Thinking of mainstream Islam, do you think mainstream Islam encourages violence against non-Muslims, or is it a peaceful religion?"

 
    Encourages
violence
Peaceful Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/31 - 9/7/10

27

50

23

 

 

             

"Do you think President Obama shares your view of mainstream Islam or not?"

 
    Shares Does not
share
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/31 - 9/7/10

43

34

23

 

 

             

"Do you think it is appropriate to build a mosque and Islamic center near Ground Zero, or do you think it would be wrong to do so?"

 
    Appropriate Wrong Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/31 - 9/7/10

28

63

9

 

 

             

"Regardless of whether you think it is appropriate to build a mosque near Ground Zero, do you think the Muslim group has the right to build a mosque there, or don't they have that right?"

 
    Has the
right
Don't have
that right
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/31 - 9/7/10

70

25

5

 

 

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the Ground Zero mosque controversy?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/31 - 9/7/10

31

44

25

 

 


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2010. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE 3.5.

             

"There has been news lately about plans for a Muslim community center and place of worship in Lower Manhattan, near the site of the former World Trade Center. Do you yourself think this Muslim community center should or should not be built at this location? ... Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?"

 
    Should be:
Strongly
Should be:
Somewhat
Should not be:
Somewhat
Should not be:
Strongly
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

8/30 - 9/2/10

14

15

13

53

5

             

"There has been news lately about plans for a Muslim community center and place of worship in Lower Manhattan, near the site of the former World Trade Center. Do you yourself think this Muslim community center should or should not be built at this location?" If should not be: "Is that more because you oppose building a Muslim community center at this particular location, or more because you oppose building Muslim community centers in this country in general?" Combined responses

 
    Should be Should not be:
This location
Should not be:
In general
Should not be:
Other (vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

8/30 - 9/2/10

29

54

9

2

5

             

"Do you feel strongly enough about this issue for it to influence your vote for U.S. Congress in November, or not that strongly?" Registered voters

 
    Strongly
enough to
influence
Not that
strongly
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/30 - 9/2/10

42

55

2

 

 


 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Aug. 25-26, 2010. N=1,029 adults nationwide. MoE 3.7.

             

"Thinking about U.S. Muslims -- that is, followers of the Islam religion who live in the United States -- do you personally know any U.S. Muslims, or not?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/25-26/10

41

58

1

 

 

 

7/11-12/07

36

63

1

 

 

             

"What is your overall opinion of Muslim Americans? As of today, is it very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable?"

 
    Very
favorable
Mostly
favorable
Mostly
unfavorable
Very
unfavorable
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

8/25-26/10

16

45

13

7

19

             

"If a group of Muslim Americans wanted to build a mosque in your local community, would that be okay with you, or would that NOT be okay with you?"

 
    Okay Not okay Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/25-26/10

72

23

5

 

 

             

"How worried are you, if at all, about radicals within the U.S. Muslim community? Are you very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not at all worried?"

 
    Very
worried
Somewhat
worried
Not too
worried
Not at all
worried
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

8/25-26/10

20

32

27

19

2

 

7/11-12/07

16

38

25

18

3

             

"Do you think most, many, only some, or very few Muslims living in the United States today . . . ?"

 
    Most Many Only some Very few Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"Support the goals of Al Qaeda and the Islamic fundamentalists"

 

8/25-26/10

11

9

25

42

13

 
 

"Oppose the goals of Al Qaeda and the Islamic fundamentalists"

 

8/25-26/10

35

13

20

15

17

 
 

"Support the use of violence by Muslims against non-Muslims"

 

8/25-26/10

11

6

21

48

14

 
 

"Are peaceable and do not condone violence"

 

8/25-26/10

48

14

16

13

9


 

CBS News Poll. Aug. 20-24, 2010. N=1,082 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"There is a proposal to build a mosque and Islamic cultural center a few blocks from the site of the World Trade Center in New York City where the September 11th terrorist attacks occurred. Do you think it is appropriate or not appropriate to build a mosque and Islamic center near the site of the World Trade Center?"

 
    Appropriate Not
appropriate
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

22

71

7

 

 

 

Republicans

10

88

2

 

 

 

Democrats

32

57

11

 

 

 

Independents

22

70

8

 

 

             

"Regardless of whether you think it is appropriate to build a mosque near the site of the World Trade Center in New York City, do you think the developers have a right to build a mosque there, or don't they have that right?"

 
    Have a
right
Don't have
a right
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

67

29

4

 

 

 

Republicans

59

39

2

 

 

 

Democrats

69

25

6

 

 

 

Independents

69

27

4

 

 


 

Pew Research Center/Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Aug. 19-22, 2010. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

             

"How much would you say you know about the Muslim religion and its practices: a great deal, some, not very much, or nothing at all?"

 
    A great deal Some Not very much Nothing  
    % % % %  
 

8/19-22/10

9

35

30

25

 

             

"Would you say you have a generally favorable or unfavorable opinion of Islam?"

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/19-22/10

30

38

32

 

 

 

7/05

41

36

23

 

 

 

7/03

40

34

26

 

 

 

3/02

38

33

29

 

 

             

"Do you, yourself, happen to know anyone who is Muslim?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/19-22/10

41

58

1

 

 

             

"As you may know, there is a proposal to build an Islamic cultural center and mosque in downtown New York City, a few blocks from the site of the World Trade Center. From what you've read and heard, do you agree more with those who object to the building of this center, or those who think the center should be allowed to be built?" Options rotated

 
    Those who
object
Those who
think it should
be allowed
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/19-22/10

51

34

15

 

 

             

"Which comes closer to your view, even if neither is exactly right? Local communities should be able to prohibit the construction of mosques in their area if they don't want them. OR, Muslims should have the same rights as other religious groups to build houses of worship in local communities." Options rotated

 
    Localities
should be
able to
prohibit
Muslims should
have same
rights as other
groups
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/19-22/10

25

62

13

 

 


 

Time Poll conducted by Abt SRBI. Aug. 16-17, 2010. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"Turning to the Islamic religion, would you say that the Islamic religion is more likely than other religions to encourage violence against non-believers, less likely, or about the same as most other religions?"

 
    More
likely
Less
likely
About the
same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

8/16-17/10

46

6

39

10

 

             

"Do you personally know any Americans who are followers of the Islamic religion?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/16-17/10

37

62

1

 

 

             

"In general, would you say that most Muslims in the United States are patriotic Americans who believe in American values, or not?"

 
    Are
patriotic
Are not
patriotic
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/16-17/10

55

25

21

 

 

             

"As you may know, a group of Muslims in New York City has announced plans to build a community center and mosque on private property two blocks from the site where the World Trade Center stood. How closely have you been following this issue: very closely, somewhat closely, not very closely, or not at all?"

 
    Very
closely
Somewhat
closely
Not very
closely
Not at all Unsure
    % % % % %
 

8/16-17/10

32

36

17

15

1

             

"Some people say that building the Muslim community center and mosque near the World Trade Center site would serve as a symbol of the country's religious tolerance. Others say that building the mosque near the World Trade Center site would be an insult to those who died on 9/11. Which comes closest to your view, or are do you agree somewhat with both views?"

 
    Symbol of
tolerance
An insult Agree with
both views
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

8/16-17/10

23

44

27

6

 

             

"Overall, do you favor or oppose the building of the Muslim community center and mosque near where the World Trade Center stood?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/16-17/10

26

61

13

 

 

             

"What if the following religious groups proposed building a community center and place of worship two blocks from your home. Would you favor or oppose it? . . ."

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

"Catholic"

 

8/16-17/10

78

14

9

 

 

 
 

"Jewish"

 

8/16-17/10

73

18

9

 

 

 
 

"Mormon"

 

8/16-17/10

65

24

11

 

 

 
 

"Muslim"

 

8/16-17/10

55

34

10

 

 

             

"Has this debate over the Muslim community center and mosque made you more likely to vote for a Democratic candidate for Congress in your district, a Republican candidate, or not have any impact on your vote one way or another?"

 
    More likely
to vote
Democratic
More likely
to vote
Republican
Won't have
any impact
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

8/16-17/10

7

14

74

5

 

             

"Do you think that a Muslim should be allowed to run for president of the United States?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/16-17/10

61

32

7

 

 

             

"Do you think that a Muslim should be allowed to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/16-17/10

65

28

7

 

 


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