POLL: More than 15,000 Australians OK with mosques
WE ARE divided on whether mosques, the place of worship for Muslims, should be banned in Australia after almost 25,000 people voted on a Sunshine Coast daily poll since Friday.
That equates to about four votes per minute since it was put online.
Of those, 15,044 voters or 60% of the total are happy with having mosques in Australia.
If you want to ban mosques in Australia, you could have been among 8989 who voted the same way.
Just 3% of voters or 807 of them backed a third option saying that mosques should not be banned, but protests against them were OK.
Should mosques be banned in Australia?
This poll ended on 31 March 2015.
No way! What a ridiculous question.
Yes, I think they should.
I don't think they should be banned but the community has a right to protest against them.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
The piece from Daily reporter Kathy Sundstrom on Saturday covering an anti-mosque petition going to Queensland Parliament was shared more than 17,000 times on Facebook.
A mosque proposed in the Sunshine Coast suburb of Maroochydore has been met with angst, despite a pastor at a nearby church supported the idea.
Muslims already worship in a variety of centres on the Sunshine Coast, but lack a purpose-built mosque.
The power of social media no doubt drew many voters from outside the region, particularly those with a particularly strong stance on the issue.
The poll also swung quite dramatically, with those wanting mosques banned easily outnumbering the others before being overwhelmed by those who support mosques in Australia.
The poll remains open.
The popularity of the poll also posed a number of questions from readers who suspected that our voting gadget was allowing people to game the system.
It should be noted that our poll is not scientific but it is designed to be a reflection of our reader views.
As with anything, those with enough time and determination will find a way to game the figures.
However, a conversation with our technical team suggests that while the poll appeared to allow readers to vote multiple times when they refreshed the page -- this was not the case.
Those who attempted to vote multiple times were shown the 'results' but the extra attempts were not counted.