Two-Thirds of Americans Oppose Mosque And nearly half have a negative view of Islam By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Sep 8, 2010 7:18 PM CDT 58 comments Comments Feisal Abdul Rauf, left, is the imam pushing for an Islamic center in lower Manhattan. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) (Newser) – The proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero—and the entire religion of Islam, for that matter—get little love in a new Washington Post-ABC poll: Two-thirds oppose the construction of the center and mosque, with most of those (82%) saying it's because of the location. 49% have an unfavorable view of Islam vs. 37% with a favorable view, the biggest negative split since the question was first asked in 2001. 83% of Republicans oppose the Muslim center, along with 65% of independents and 53% of Democrats. 67% of Republicans have a negative view of Islam, up from 42% 10 years ago. Most Protestants and Catholics oppose the project, while those with no professed religion support it. Click here to read about today's op-ed from the imam behind the project.