One half think Canada admits too many immigrants and/or refugees

In the third wave of the Campaign Research Poll, an online omnibus opinion survey conducted among 1970 Canadian voters, one half believe Canada admits too many immigrants (49%), while just more than 4 in 10 (43%) think the number admitted is too few (7%) or about right (36%). Thinking too many immigrants are coming to Canada is common to Gen X (45 to 54 - 58%), Albertans (56%), federal Conservatives (69%) and Bloc Quebecois voters (62%) and the less wealthy ($20K to $40K - 54%).

One half think too many refugees are allowed into Canada

One half of Canadian voters also believe too many refugees are allowed into the country (49%),

while, again, just more than 4 in 10 (42%) think the number is too few (10%) or about right

(32%). Those who think there are too many refugees are similar to those who hold the same

view about immigrants.

“These findings suggest that many people draw no distinction between immigrants, those

who have legally moved to this country, and refugees who are here illegally because they

have nowhere else to go. While the two groups are dissimilar, they seem to evoke the same

sentiments“. said Eli Yufest, CEO of Campaign Research. Eli may be reached at

eyufest@campaignresearch.ca or at (647) 931-4025 ext 109

METHODOLOGY

This poll was conducted between April 3 and 11, 2017, among a sample of 1970 Canadian

voters. The poll was conducted online. A probability sample of this size would have a margin of

error of plus or minus 2%, 19 times out of 20.

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