Thursday, August 19, 2010

Civics education in NY seems to be working

The new Siena Poll finds that New Yorkers (everyone in the state) oppose the mosque by a 63-27 margin; they defend the constitutional right to build it by a 64-28 margin.
-- Dave Weigel, via Sullyblog.

I'm disappointed that 63% would oppose it, tho given what they're hearing on the news 24/7, it's not a surprise. But they do grasp the difference between "do I want it" and "is it legal."


  1. Which is the essence of civic conduct, isn't it - to support what's legal exactly when you don't want it?

  2. If I were a zillionaire like Bill Gates, I would pay to have a statute of Voltaire erected on every college campus in America, with "I disagree with what you say but will defend to the death your right to say it" engraved on the base. (Never mind that he didn't say that in so many words.)