Poll finds that a large number of people in Ontario don’t trust Muslim refugees

As Ontario welcomed 12,000 Muslim refugees, there is a recent poll that indicates that there is a good portion of the population that doesn’t welcome their religious convictions. [via]

The survey by polling firm MARU/VCR&C measured public perceptions of ethnicity and immigration in Ontario in the wake of the recent influx of thousands of Syrian refugees — almost 12,000 to this province alone. Only a third of Ontarians have a positive impression of the religion and more than half feel its mainstream doctrines promote violence.

The poll is striking for a number of reasons, one is that Canadians have been bombarded with pro Muslim propaganda since last October, with almost all broadcasters telling feel good stories of refugees and the CBC being the most guilty here. The second striking reason is that Ontario’s largest city, Toronto is more than half foreign born meaning that its not just the “white” population that doesn’t trust Islamic refugees but you will find the same sentiment in the large Chinese, Korean, Hispanic communities around the city.

Another point is that the poll of 1,009 Ontarians was conducted between May 11 and 16, before the Islamic attack at the gay Orlando nightclub, the poll also found that three-quarters of Ontarians said they feel Muslim immigrants have fundamentally different values, largely due to perceived gender inequality. [Full Report] Read more

Ontario facing ‘epidemic of Islamophobia’ survey finds

While Canada rides a wave of global praise for welcoming Syrian refugees, a new poll suggests we’re also facing a wave of something sinister — Islamophobia.

The survey by polling firm MARU/VCR&C measured public perceptions of ethnicity and immigration in Ontario in the wake of the recent influx of thousands of Syrian refugees — almost 12,000 to this province alone.

“There is an epidemic of Islamophobia in Ontario. Only a third of Ontarians have a positive impression of the religion and more than half feel its mainstream doctrines promote violence (an anomaly compared to other religions),” said the 51-page survey to be released this week by the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants and advocacy group Mass Minority. “These sentiments are echoed with Syrian refugees in Ontario where acceptance often coincides with acceptance of Islam.” [Toronto Star] Read more