A new poll exploring attitudes on racism in Canada found that an overwhelming majority of Canadians do not agree with the statement that “Canada is a racist country.”
The findings were released in a recent report conducted by the organization in association with University of British Columbia researchers.
According to the report, 66% of Canadians disagree or strongly disagree with the statement above. Meanwhile, only 34% of Canadians either agreed or strongly agreed that Canada was racist.
When broken down based on age and sex, the poll discovered that three-quarters of people over the age of 55 disagreed with Canada being racist. Additionally, 54% of women between the ages of 18 and 34 were of the opinion that Canada was racist.
Additionally, the report found that equity and anti-racism “advocates” were more likely to see more racism than what visible minorities were reporting themselves.
“It is notable that only among the Advocates is there majority agreement that Canada is a racist country. Elsewhere, disagreement is the majority response. For Detractors, the statement has no veracity whatsoever,” claimed the Angus Reid Institute.
The poll also discovered that advocates were twice as likely as minorities to say that police were prejudiced towards minorities. In total 83% of people who identify as racial justice advocates said that police were racist while only 42% of visible minorities claimed the same viewpoint.
The poll was conducted in light of a recent national debate on systemic racism and Canada’s history.
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