A new Quinnipiac poll taken of New York State residents finds that 54% believe "that because of American freedom of religion, Muslims have the right to build the mosque near Ground Zero," (40% disagreed/7% were undecided). However, 53% also think "that because of the sensitivities of 9/11 relatives, Muslims should not be allowed to build the mosque near Ground Zero" (39% disagreed/8% undecided) and 71% say "that because of the opposition of Ground Zero relatives, the Muslim group should voluntarily build the mosque somewhere else."

Other details: 71% of New Yorkers say Attorney General Andrew Cuomo should investigate the financing of the mosque and 65% of Democrats agree with that.The poll's director Maurice Carroll says, "The heated, sometimes angry, debate over the proposal to build a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero has New York State voters twisted in knots, with some of them taking contradictory positions depending on how the question is asked."

Additionally, 54% of NYers thinks Islam is a peaceful religion. Breaking down the stats: 54% of Republican New Yorkers don't think freedom of religion gives Muslims the right to build the mosque near Ground Zero; 63% of NYC voters say the mosque's developers should choose another site whereas 76% of upstate and 76% of suburban voters say it should choose another site; and 62% of NYC voters say Islam is peaceful, vs. 49% of upstaters and 51% of suburbanites.