Canadians Largely Against Islam, Friendly to Other Religions
A survey by Angus Reid shows considerable concern among many Canadians when it comes to the impact Islam has on Canadian society.
“To measure respondents’ perspectives on different religious and faith traditions in Canada today, the Angus Reid Institute asked a series of questions about eight such traditions: Catholicism, Protestantism, Evangelical Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, and Atheism.”
The survey asked whether Canadians saw each religion as “benefitting” Canada, or having a “damaging” impact on our country.
Catholicism – 35% benefitting, 17% damaging
Protestantism – 26% benefitting, 9% damaging
Evangelical Christianity – 24% benefitting, 21% damaging
Judaism – 20% benefitting, 12% damaging
Islam – 13% benefitting, 46% damaging
Hinduism – 13% benefitting, 13% damaging
Sikhism – 13% benefitting, 22% damaging
Atheism – 16% benefitting, 17% damaging
Interestingly Sikhism, Islam, and Evangelical Christianity were put forward as the “most damaging” to Canadian society although Islam was obviously far ahead. The institute found that for over 65% of people this fear was due to a perceived growing influence of Islam.
Political Response: Most political parties have claimed the outcome of this survey to be Islamophobic.
Athiesim Growing: Outside of the perception that Islam is growing, Athiesim was a close second with over 39% of Canadians viewing the belief to be growing.