*Two-thirds of New Yorkers, including some who support the proposed Islamic community center and mosque near Ground Zero, say leaders of the project should find a location further from the 9/11 crash site, according to a New York Times poll released this past week.
The solid majority that want the center to relocate to a less controversial site said so even though many of them (62 percent of respondents) believe developers of the Park51 project have a right to build it.
But New Yorkers, as a group, could not decide how far away from Ground Zero the mosque should move. Of those who responded, about 20 percent said more than 20 blocks away from ground zero, 18 percent said 10 to 20 blocks, and seven percent said five to ten blocks.
The NY Times poll, released Thursday, was based on telephone interviews conducted Aug. 27-31 with 892 adults throughout New York City.
Its release follows a firestorm of protests from Project51 opponents, whose main argument is that it would be insensitive to the nearly 3,000 victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to build a $100 million, 13-story Islamic cultural center and mosque just two blocks from Ground Zero.
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