Survey: Candians Say They Value Multicultural Society But Cautious About Affirming Islam

July 1, 2004

Source: Globe and Mail

On July 1, 2004 the Globe and Mail reported, "On their nation's birthday today, Canadians can assure themselves they're more supportive of same-sex marriage than ever before. They're overwhelmingly opposed to banning religious symbols and dress in schools. They almost universally approve of their children growing up in a multiethnic, multicultural society. But ask them if they'd vote for a political leader who is Muslim, and nearly a third would say: 'Not likely.' And almost half of all Canadians — 45 per cent — think that anti-Muslim sentiment is increasing among people they know. Those and other views are revealed in a survey conducted during the election campaign by the Centre for Research and Information on Canada and timed for release on the national holiday. The results mirror CRIC's findings a year ago, when it conducted a values survey for The Globe and Mail's New Canada series. The New Canada poll showed a strongly accepting, inclusive society, especially among young Canadians, but it also revealed what CRIC's director of research, Andrew Parkin, described yesterday as not really anti-Islamicism, but a shadow of reticence and cautiousness about Muslims and Islam."