Poll finds 6 in 10 on board with Canada's refugee targets
Bhutanese refugees Saraswoti (left) and Sarasota Baral are seen take their public oath for Canadian citizenship during a ceremony at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Monday, February 20, 2017 9:57PM EST
Last Updated Monday, February 20, 2017 9:58PM EST
A new poll has found that nearly six in 10 Canadians believe the Trudeau government has “made the right call” with its 2017 refugee targets, while about one in four believe Canada should have followed U.S. President Donald Trump’s lead and enacted a temporary ban on refugees.
The Angus Reid Institute online survey found 57 per cent agreed with the statement that after U.S. president Donald Trump’s executive order, the Trudeau government “made the right call” by keeping refugee levels at 40,000 for 2017.
Twenty-five per cent agreed with the statement that the “government should have adopted a temporary ban similar to U.S. policy” and 18 per cent supported the statement that the government should take more refugees as a response.
However, when asked a similar question, Canadians appeared somewhat less accepting of the number of refugees coming to Canada. Nearly half (47 per cent) said “Canada is taking about the right number,” while four in 10 (41 per cent) said “the number is already too high, we should not be taking in more refugees.” Only 11 per cent agreed Canada “should allow more refugees.”
The survey also found stark differences across party lines, with 62 per cent of Conservatives stating “the number is too high, we should not be taking more refugees,” compared to 28 per cent of Liberal supporters and 30 per cent of NDP supporters.
The Angus Reid Institute online survey was conducted between Feb. 6 and Feb. 9 among a representative sample of 1,508 Canadian adults. A probability sample of this size would carry a margin of error of +/-2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, according to Angus Reid Institute.