Stereotyping is alive and well in Canada: poll

Stereotyping is alive and well when it comes to Muslim and Sikh religious symbols in Canada: poll

The survey of 1,600 Canadian residents was conducted by the Angus Reid Institute, a non-partisan, not-for-profit research organization, in conjunction with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and The Laurier Institution.

Based on the survey, The Province has a four-part series on homegrown terrorism. Today, in Day 3 of the series, we examine how tolerant Canadians are of various religious symbols.

Nearly 90 per cent of Canadians have no problem with a nun wearing her habit in public.

Nor with a public display of a crucifix or a Star of David.

And 80 per cent support the wearing of a kippa (a Jewish cap) in public, while three-quarters have no problem with the wearing of a hijab, the scarf many Muslim women wear to cover their heads and chest, according to a poll by the Angus Reid Institute.

But when it comes to wearing a Niqab, which covers a woman’s face, or carrying a kirpan, the ceremonial dagger baptized Sikhs are commanded to wear, three-quarters of Canadians are opposed.

In B.C., there is a bit more tolerance than exists nationally, with two in five supporting the right to sport a niqab or kirpan………….

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Do you support or oppose people wearing the following religious symbols or clothing in public? (National results)

Hijab — 73 per cent support, 27 per cent oppose Nun’s habit — 88 per cent support, 12 per cent oppose

Niqab — 27 per cent support, 73 per cent oppose

Kippa — 80 per cent support, 20 per cent oppose

Kirpan — 29 per cent support, 71 per cent oppose

Star of David — 86 per cent support, 14 per cent oppose

Crucifix — 89 per cent support, 11 per cent oppose

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