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Poll Says Most Lower Manhattan Residents Approve Of WTC Rebuilding

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People who live in Lower Manhattan appear to approve of the direction rebuilding plans are taking there, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

According to the poll, which was conducted by Pace University, more than half of downtown residents think the rebuilding effort is "headed in the right direction," compared to 20 percent who think it's off track. The approval numbers are up six percent since August.

Breaking it down, nearly 60 percent of those surveyed said the World Trade Center memorial exceeds their expectations, and more than half approve of the design for the Freedom Tower, the centerpiece of the rebuilding plan.

However, confidence in the cleanup and monitoring of the air quality has dropped to less than 50 percent, down from 60 percent back in August. There's been considerable controversy over whether the Environmental Protection Agency was too quick to assure people the air was safe following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The poll surveyed 646 Lower Manhattan residents between February 29th and March 4th. It has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP