Most Canadians don’t link immigration with terrorist threats: poll

Most Canadians don’t link immigration with terrorist threats: poll
STEPHANIE LEVITZ
OTTAWA — The Canadian Press
Published Friday, Jul. 22, 2016 7:25PM EDT
Last updated Friday, Jul. 22, 2016 9:56PM EDT

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People who backed a plan to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada in a matter of months largely expected no increased risk of terrorism as a result, newly released federal polling information reveals.

About 44 per cent of those surveyed in November were in support of the plan. And of them, about 60 per cent thought there would be no change to the terrorism threat facing Canada in the next six months.

However, 35 per cent of respondents didn’t support the plan were concerned, and 55 per cent of them told pollsters they thought the threat of terrorism in Canada would increase in the next six months.

Over all, the results suggest that while people around the world may directly link immigration with terrorist threats, that’s generally not what is happening in Canada, said one expert.

The telephone poll of 1,512 Canadians was carried out by Harris/Decima between Nov. 18 and 24, 2015 and had a margin of error of 2.5 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

The poll was carried out just before the Liberals revealed how they were going to meet a campaign promise to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2015. The plan they launched kept the target but pushed back the date to February, 2016.

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