Nearly Half of Canadians View Islam as 'Damaging' to Canada

Nearly Half of Canadians View Islam as 'Damaging' to Canada

A new poll reinforces what many of us have probably known for a long time—almost half of Canadians have a negative opinion about Islam.

The poll, conducted by Angus Reid in October and published this week, shows that while Canadians feel like Canada benefits from the Judeo-Christian religions (the biggest benefit being from Catholicism,) the country also feels negative impacts are arising from Sikhism, Atheism and Islam. 


However, the percentage of Canadians thinking Sikhism or Atheism is hurting the country is under 25% while Islam sits at 46%.

“Twice as many Canadians say the presence of Islam in their country’s public life is damaging as say the same about any other religion, a finding that follows a well-documented pattern in Angus Reid Institute polling in recent years. Namely: if Islam is involved, a significant segment of Canadians will react negatively,” reads the write up accompanying the poll. 

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