Canadians ambivalent on impact of Syrian refugees

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Canadians ambivalent on impact of Syrian refugees

Equal proportions think they will/will not have positive impact

TORONTO December 8th, 2015 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1369 Canadian adults, almost exactly equal proportions believe the Syrian refugees due to arrive in Canada will have a positive impact on the country (34%), will NOT have a positive impact (34%) or have no opinion on the question (32%).

Believing the refugees will have a positive impact is common to the youngest (41%),  the wealthiest (40%), in Atlantic Canada (44%), but not in the west (27%). They will be welcome in BC (45%), among Liberals 49%), New Democrats (43%) but not among Conservatives (11%). The best educated are especially positive (post grad - 52%).

“It appears that constant controversy over, not the refugees themselves, but the mechanics of getting them here, has eroded some of the traditional welcome Canadians extend to newcomers,” said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.