Saturday, 04 December 2021 11:24 GMT

Canadians support accepting more Syrian refugees: Nanos poll

(MENAFN- Jordan News Agency) Seven in 10 Canadians support increasing the number of refugees from Syria and a majority agree with the idea of airlifting Syrian refugees at Canada's expense.

According to a new poll conducted by Nanos Research for CTV News and The Globe and Mail, those polled were divided on which party leader has had the best response to the issue.

The poll found a total of 71 per cent either support (44%) or somewhat support (27%) "increasing the current quota of refugees from Syria," while about one in four oppose (17%) or somewhat oppose (10%) an increase. Only a small number - three per cent - are unsure.

Support for upping the quota is higher in Ontario (71%) and British Columbia (85%), and lower in the Prairies (67%), Atlantic Canada (69%) and Quebec (65%).

When asked about "having the government of Canada incur the costs to airlift refugees out of Syria" - a proposal made by Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau earlier this month - about six in 10 either support (29%) or somewhat support (28%) the idea, while about four in 10 either oppose (24%) or somewhat oppose (15%) that plan. Again, only a small number, four per cent, are unsure.

A larger proportion (19%) said they are unsure about "which of the federal party leaders has been best at responding to this issue." On that question, 28 per cent chose Harper, 25 per cent picked Trudeau and 21 per cent went with Mulcair. Five per cent chose Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. Two per cent chose Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe.

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