76% of the Canadians continue to perceive immigration positively. This has been revealed by the latest survey of the Environics Institute. Majority of the Canadians do not consider immigration as a national problem. This is in comparison with health care, climate change, and the economy.
The latest opinion survey reveals that the majority of the Canadians have a positive approach towards immigration. This is notwithstanding the enhanced politicization of the issue, as quoted by the CIC News.
The survey was held in October 2018 by the Environics Institute. 2,000 citizens of Canada participated in the survey. It observed a just minor shift in opinion on the issues. This is in comparison with the last survey held by the institute in February.
58% of the respondents disagree with the statement – ‘In general, Canada has too much immigration’. This is somewhat lesser by 60% in February this year. The % of Canadians agreeing with the view remains unchanged at 35%. The numbers with vague opinion reached 7% increasing by 2 points.
More than 3/4ths of the nationals of Canada continue to perceive immigration to positively influence the economy of the nation. This was a slight decrease from the 80% who held this view in February. The number of people who disagreed with this increased slightly to 18% from 16%.
The survey noted that Canadians say that immigration is making Canada a better place. This is almost 3 to 1 margin over those who say it is not (45% versus 17%). It is in terms of the overall impact of immigrants on Canada.
Meanwhile, the survey observed that concerns regarding assimilation of immigrants remain lower. This is in comparison with most of the last 25 years.
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