What do Canadians really think about refugees and ISIS?

Recent poll shows Canadians have changed opinions on parts of Trudeau's plan

On Nov. 11, a Forum Research poll found Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s approval rating had increased just three weeks into his term.

But a more recent survey by the same pollster suggest Canadians have changed their minds on some pressing issues.

Here are five things you need to know about how Canadians really feel about the Syrian refugee crisis and the fight against ISIS.

  1. Fifty-one per cent of those polled do not agree with Canada ending bombing missions against ISIS. Only 33 per cent agree with the strategy. The promise of withdrawing from the fight was a key campaign pledge from Trudeau in the federal election.
  2. A majority (58 per cent) of Canadians agree admitting refugees poses a security threat. Only 26 per cent disagree.
  3. Just over 40 per cent think bombing ISIS is effective, while 37 per cent believe otherwise.
  4. Sixty-seven per cent of Canadians feel ISIS poses a direct threat to Canada. In September, this number was  55 per cent, suggesting the recent Paris attacks have raised concern.
  5. Just over 40 per cent of Canadians, a number that remains relatively unchanged since September, support Bill C-51. Thirty-four per cent do not support the bill and 24 per cent have no opinion on the matter.

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By: Stephanie Hinds
Posted: Nov 27 2015 11:24 am
Filed under: News